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No. 5 #AztecMBB Set for Road Game at Boise State

February 5, 2014
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No. 5/5 #AztecMBB Goes For Ninth Straight 20-Win Season And Looks To Extend 18-Game Winning Streak Wednesday Night At Boise State

 

In the 78 seasons prior to Steve Fisher'sarrival on campus, the San Diego State men's basketball program recorded a total of nine 20-win seasons. On Wednesday night, No. 5/5 San Diego State (19-1; 8-0 Mountain West) looks to extend its current school-record of eight consecutive 20-win seasons when the Aztecs travel Boise, Idaho, to face 2013 NCAA tournament participant Boise State (15-7; 5-4 MW).

Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. MT (6:15 p.m. PT) and the contest will be shown nationally on CBS Sports Network. The contest can be heard in southern California on The Mighty 1090.

San Diego State will be looking to extend a number of winning streaks, including an 18-game overall winning streak (2nd longest in school history, 3rd-longest streak nationally through Sunday's games), a nine-game road/neutral streak (T-2nd-longest streak in school history; tied for longest streak nationally) and an eight-game conference winning streak (tied for longest streak in school history; T-6th nationally).

Last Saturday, Fisher became the 18th active coach with 300 victories at his current school following San Diego State's 65-56 victory over Colorado State. The Aztecs led the final 36:48 of the contest, built a 19-point advantage and led by six or more points the final 31:56 of the contest despite playing without senior forward Josh Davis (right knee) and a very limited Dwayne Polee II(flu-like symptoms).

All-America candidate Xavier Thames tied a career-best by recording his second consecutive game with at least 20 points. The Sacramento native had 24 points, tied a season-high with seven rebounds and added two assists in 35 turnover-free minutes. The point guard was 12-of-12 from the line and has now made 14 straight. Winston Shepardwas the only other Aztec to reach double figures with 17 points and six rebounds.

San Diego State shot just 37.5 percent from the floor, but the nation's top defensive unit was once again in full display, limiting the Rams to 36.2-percent shooting, including 2-of-14 from three-point range. The Aztecs went to the free-throw line 34 times and tied a season low and a school-record low for turnovers against a Division I opponent with four. San Diego State also enjoyed a 17-2 advantage in points off turnovers.

Following the game, SDSU returns home to face Nevada, one of only three MW teams with fewer than three conference losses, in the only meeting between the teams this season.


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