The Facts: No. 15 New Mexico at SDSU
THE FACTS: NR/25 San Diego State (16-4, 4-2 MW) took down 15/17 New Mexico (17-3, 4-1) 55-34 at Viejas Arena on Saturday afternoon. SDSU is now only a ½ game back of the Lobos. The Aztecs were led by sophomore J.J. O'Brien who finished with 12 points (6/10 FG) and 10 rebounds (7 offensive), Jamaal Franklin had 10 points, 7 rebounds and took Tony Snell out of the game. UNM's star had 7 points and 6 turnovers. QUOTABLE: "He has helped us to win the last two games. Today, I feel like he won the game for us. Chase (Tapley) and I are usually the big scorers on the team but I think Chase and I only had eight points (Franklin had 10, Tapley has 8) each the entire game. When you have someone like (O'Brien) that can step up, contribute, score the points and rebound the ball, that shows you that he is a real soldier." -- SDSU forward Jamaal Franklin on O'Brien's improvement of play in the last few games THE STAT: San Diego State held the Lobos to 34 points on 11-of-44 shooting (25%). TURNING POINT: The Aztecs were leading 7-6 at the first media timeout (14:22) in the opening half. Over the next five minutes and six seconds New Mexico was held to three points on 1-of-6 shooting including five turnovers. While SDSU scored 14 points pushing their lead to 21-9 and never looked back. THE NUMBER: 17. New Mexico was forced into 17 turnovers including six from Snell and five from Kendall Williams. QUOTABLE II: "It started with how we chased our guards around. We gave them no clean looks. I was concerned about their size with the two big kids inside. We did a pretty good job of forcing them away from the basket and not letting them just pitch over us. We stood our ground when they tried to back us in. When Skylar (Spencer) came in, he's a shot blocker so he got a piece of a couple. Even though we didn't double, I think we had them concerned when we jabbed and faked at them. We helped one another really well." -- SDSU head coach Steve Fisher on being successful on defense HOT: San Diego State crashing the glass. The home team won the rebounding battle 41 to 26 including 13 on the offensive end. NOT: The big men of the Lobos. Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow combined for 2 points while shooting 1-of-12 in 54 minutes. FRESHMAN WATCH: Another impact game for Skylar Spencer with 4 points on 2-of-2 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. He continues to show how much of a steal he was for the Aztecs. NOTABLE: SDSU's 21-point margin of victory is tied for their highest against a nationally ranked opponent in school history (also Feb. 6, 2007 vs. No. 15/13 Air Force - W, 62-41). UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Saturday at Air Force and following Wednesday vs. Boise State. For New Mexico: Wednesday at Wyoming and Saturday vs. Nevada.