Feb. 1, 2003
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SAN DIEGO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Record: 11-7 overall/2-3 Mountain West Conference
Winners of 11 of the last 16 games
Next Game: vs. Wyoming on Monday, February 1, 2003, at Cox Arena
Despite Loss, SDSU Still Matches Best Start Since 1984-85
For the third straight season, San Diego State started 11-6 and dropped its 18th game of the season to fall to 11-7. Prior to the 2000-01 season, starting the string of 11-7 starts, San Diego State had posted a 9-45 record in the two previous seasons. Despite the loss, the 11-7 mark matches the Aztecs' best start after 18 games since the 1984-85 NCAA tournament-bound team opened with a 14-4 mark.
The Aztecs are even with last season's pace, when SDSU got off to an 11-7 start before ending the season with a 21-12 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
With The Loss...
San Diego State has now dropped three straight against MWC competition after winning 11 of 12 against conference foes.
San Diego State has suffered three straight losses in the same season for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Aztecs had gone 57 straight games without losing three in a row in the same campaign.
San Diego State had its three-game winning streak snapped against Colorado State, the Aztecs' longest win streak ever against a conference opponent since joining the Mountain West.
San Diego State Tidbits
CSU entered the game with the league's best rebounding margin of +8.7 per game, but were out-rebounded on the night by the Aztecs 40-30, including 28-15 in the second half. It was the 14th time in 18 games that SDSU has registered more rebounds than its opponent and only the fourth time this season that the Rams have been out-rebounded.
Steve Fisher-coached teams fell to 65-44 in games decided by five points or less. It was the Aztecs' first loss this season in games decided by three points or less (2-1).
It was the first loss for the Aztecs this season when they committed fewer turnovers than their opponent (12 to the Rams' 15). SDSU is now 6-1 in such situations.
There were 16 lead changes - the last coming when CSU took a 55-54 lead - and four ties, the last coming at 55-55.
Aztec Player Notes
Senior Tony Bland scored a team-high 19 points, leading the Aztecs in scoring for the 11th time this season and 20th in his Aztec career.
Junior Aerick Sanders grabbed 10 rebounds, marking the eighth time he has reached double-figures this season and the ninth time in his career.
Senior Mike Mackell, who was held without a point in the first half, came back with 15 second-half points to keep his streak of scoring in double-figures in every game this year alive. Dating to the final two games of last season, Mackell has reached at least 10 points in each of his last 20 games.
Despite battling the flu, senior Deandre Moore set a career high with seven steals on the night and scored 11 points in 21 minutes for his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season.
Freshman John Sharper logged a career-high 20 minutes and produced four points and three rebounds.
Record Attendance Pace
Through 12 home games, SDSU is on a record pace for average season attendance. The Aztecs are playing before an average home crowd of 7,476. Should this trend continue, Aztec teams under Steve Fisher would own three of the top five season attendance marks in SDSU history.
Largest Average Home Attendance
Rk. Year HG W-L Total Average
1. 2002-03 12 7-5 89,710 7,476
2. 2001-02 15 12-3 92,475 6,165
3. 1981-82 18 16-2 86,825 4,824
4. 1980-81 14 9-5 67,011 4,787
5. 2000-01 17 12-5 77,104 4,528
Today's crowd of 8,554, the fifth-largest ever in Cox Arena, marks the eighth game to break into SDSU's top 19 single-game Cox Arena attendance chart this season. The Aztecs have played before the first two sellout crowds of 12,414 in the six-year history of Cox Arena - against then-No. 1/1 Arizona (Dec. 7) and No. 23/21 Texas Tech (Jan. 6) - as well as crowds of 8,497 against BYU (sixth), 8,078 vs. San Diego (ninth), 7,102 against Utah (11th), 6,183 against Eastern Washington (16th) and 6,138 against Hawai'i (19th).