No. 5 #AztecMBB Returns Home Saturday vs. CSU
February 1, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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Steve Fisher Looks For 300th Victory With #AztecMBB As San Diego State Looks To Remain Perfect In Mountain West Play And Extend 17-Game Win Streak Saturday Against Colorado State
Of the 345 Division I schools, only 17 programs have a head coach that won 300 or more games at their current school. On Saturday, San Diego State looks to become the 18th program to make that claim, as two-time national coach of the year Steve Fishergoes for his 300th victory as the Aztec head coach when SDSU (18-1; 7-0 Mountain West) plays host to Colorado State (12-9; 3-5 MW).
Game time for the 33rd consecutive regular-season sellout at Viejas Arena is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT with the contest airing nationally on ESPNU. The game can be heard in the San Diego market on The Mighty 1090.
In addition to providing Fisher with yet another milestone, San Diego State is looking to start conference play 8-0 for the first time in the program's 93 seasons and is looking to tie the school record for longest conference winning streak (1966-67 and 2006 seasons).
San Diego State ran its overall winning streak to 17 games, its January win streak to 10 games, its road/neutral win streak to nine games and its conference win streak to seven games with a 74-69 overtime victory at Utah State last Saturday. The Aztecs handed the Aggies just their 13th home loss in their last 137 home games after surviving a hard-fought, back-and-forth game, which featured eight ties and 16 lead changes. All-America candidate Xavier Thames was sensational, pouring in a career-high 31 points (including 10 in overtime), to go along with four assists, three steals, three rebounds and no turnovers in 39 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard added 10 points and six rebounds, while senior forward Josh Davisextended his NCAA-leading streak of consecutive games with double-digit rebounds to 13, with six points and 12 rebounds.
Thames was particularly impressive down the stretch. In the final 14 minutes of the game (last nine minutes of regulation and overtime), the senior point guard scored 16 of SDSU's 29 points and had assists on all three of the Aztecs' other field goals.
SDSU was outshot by 11 percent from the floor (Utah State 52.7, SDSU 41.7) and the Aggies connected on 9-of-18 three-point field-goal attempts, but San Diego State was +11 in turnover margin (SDSU 6, Utah State 17), and got to the free throw line 29 times to grind out the win. It marked the sixth time this season the Aztecs have been outshot from the field, yet still managed to win the game.