Feb. 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
After suffering two straight narrow losses on the road, San Diego State returns to Viejas Arena on Tuesday to play host to Wyoming. The game is set for 7 p.m. PT and will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with radio coverage on KOGO AM 600 and 101 KGB.
The Aztecs, who will be playing their third game in seven days, come into the contest having lost consecutive games at Colorado State and UNLV by a combined eight points. Last Wednesday at CSU, San Diego State led the No. 24 Rams with 89 seconds to play before falling by six. Then on Saturday on UNLV, SDSU trailed by one with 20 seconds left and had chances to win down the stretch, but could not find that one winning play and lost, 72-70. The two teams, Colorado State and UNLV, are a combined 29-1 at home.
In the game vs. the Rebels, senior guard Chase Tapley led all scorers with 22 points, with 16 coming in the second half. The Sacramento, Calif., native almost single-handily lifted the Aztecs to victory as he scored their final 10 points to cut SDSU's deficit from nine with to one in a matter of 3 minutes, 29 seconds. Joining Tapley in double figures was sophomore forward JJ O'Brien, who had a season-high 15 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds, and junior All-America candidate Jamaal Franklin, who added 11.
San Diego State, which has dealt with its share of injuries of late, suffered another on Saturday as James Rahon started, played three minutes and left the game with a right shoulder sprain. The injury was a blow to the Aztecs as the senior guard was averaging 12.3 points and shooting 45.5 percent from the floor in his previous four outings.
SDSU welcomes the Cowboys to Montezuma Mesa looking to avenge a 13-point loss in Laramie earlier this season. It has been well-documented that the Aztecs scored nine points in the first half, but they rebounded in the second and were down seven with 3:55 to play before falling to the Pokes, who improved to 15-2 with the decision.