#AztecMBB is at MW Newcomer Nevada on Wednesday
Jan. 21, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
No. rv/25 San Diego State (14-4; 2-2 Mountain West) looks to rebound from consecutive losses on Wednesday when the Aztecs travel to Reno, Nev., to face Nevada (10-7; 1-2 MW). Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network, with radio coverage on AM 600 KOGO and 101 KGB.
San Diego State lost to Wyoming for the first time in six meetings, dropping a 58-45 decision in Laramie on Saturday. The Aztecs shot just 28.8 percent from the field (17-of-59), their lowest field-goal percentage shooting in an indoor game since March 11, 2006. Despite their woes, SDSU hung around, cutting the deficit to seven points with four minutes to play.
Although the Aztecs struggled mightily from the field, SDSU did limit Wyoming to 42.9 percent from the floor and owned a rebound advantage (37-36) in the game. For the second time in four games, SDSU was without starting junior point guard Xavier Thames (lower back strain).
The Aztecs were led by junior All-America candidate Jamaal Franklin. Franklin's career-long streak of three straight 20-point scoring games was broken, but the forward still tallied 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Freshman forward Winston Shepard, who made his second career start due to Thames' injury, reached double figures for the second consecutive game for the first time in his career. Shepard had 10 points and added six rebounds.
For just the third time in the last four seasons San Diego State has a losing streak of two games or more. The Aztecs have dropped three straight games in the same season only once in their last 169 games dating back to Feb. 13, 2008.
San Diego State is looking to turn its shooting fortunes around. In the last three games, the Aztecs are 67-for-188 (35.6 percent) from the floor and 5-for-37 (13.5 percent) from three-point range in the last two games. One reason the Aztecs continue to be competitive is how effective SDSU has been on defense. San Diego State has held four of its last six opponents to 37.5 percent or less from the floor and limited opponents to less than 40 percent from the field in seven of the last 10 games.