banner

College Basketball

more stats

Aztecs keep rolling, down Colorado State

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Xavier Thames poured in 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead No. 5 San Diego State to a 65-56 win over Colorado State at Viejas Arena.

Winston Shepard added 17 points and six rebounds and J.J. O'Brien pulled down 10 boards for the Aztecs (19-1, 8-0 MWC), winners in 18 straight.

The victory was SDSU coach Steve Fisher's 300th with the Aztecs.

"I'm proud at the fact that we've got 300 wins here. It says we've been here for a while, not just me. I reflect back on our first year and the guys that were here that fought just as hard as this group did and we weren't quite good enough to win," Fisher said. "A lot of them are still hanging around, calling, e-mailing and texting to congratulate. I tell all of them thank you and that they're part of it. They built the foundation for what we're doing now."

Jon Octeus scored a game-high 24 points and J.J. Avila had nine points and 13 rebounds for the Rams (12-10, 3-6), losers in three straight.

Octeus gave Colorado State a 2-0 lead just over a minute into the game, but it was all SDSU from there.

A pair Thames free throws kicked off a 25-8 run with 7:07 left.

An Octeus free throw with 4:10 remaining in the first half gave the Rams double digits as they trailed 27-10. Colorado State outscored SDSU 10-5 the rest of the way to go into the break trailing 32-20.

The Aztecs' lead swelled to 14 points, 50-36, after back-to-back Thames jumpers with 10:10 left. The Rams rallied within seven, 54-47, but five quick points from SDSU made it 59-47 with 1:56 to go.

Avila's jumper with 1:06 remaining had the Rams within two possessions, 60-54, but SDSU went 5-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch.

"I thought we responded well. We had some guys that had to play in other roles and more important roles than they normally have, like Carlton Hurst," said Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy. "He was terrific and I thought he handled himself well in a tough environment. They're No. 5 for a reason and I thought we hung right in there with them once we settled down."

Game Notes

SDSU's 8-0 mark in the Mountain West is the school's best start to a conference slate in school history ... Colorado State holds a slim 37-36 edge in the all-time series ... The Aztecs were 0-for-10 from 3-point range ... SDSU committed just four turnovers.

02/01 23:33:38 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: San Diego at Denver

    Tonight at 8:25 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

    Tonight at 8:25 on 620am

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
UCONN
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
IND
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
CAR
 
Final
KAN 7
SFG 2
Final
ORL 89
HOU 90
Final
BOS 100
BRK 86
Final
NYK 103
WAS 100
Final
MEM 96
CLE 92
Final
MIL 91
MIN 110
Final
SAN 107
ATL 117
Final
LAL 94
POR 86
Final
LAC 108
PHO 105
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
IND
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
VT
MIAMI
7:00pm Wednesday
OTT 0
TOR 0
Final
PIT 3
PHI 5
Final
EDM 3
WAS 2
Final
ANA 4
BUF 1
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
NYI
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
ARI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
VAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
CAR
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
BUF
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
CLB
 
8:25pm Tonight
DEN
SDC