THE FACTS: 16/15 San Diego State (14-2, 2-0 MW) held on to a 79-72 overtime victory over Colorado State (13-3, 0-1) in front of the sold out home crowd. Senior guard Chase Tapley who was dealing with flu-like symptoms had 12 of his 19 points in overtime. Jamaal Franklin finished with game-high 23 points and 7 rebounds. Colton Iverson was dominant inside for the Rams with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Wes Eikmeier had team-high 22 points and Daniel Bejarano added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
THE NUMBER: 101. Tapley's temperature before the game.
"(Athletic trainer) Tom Abdenour did not think he would play," Fisher said. "He had a 101 (degree) temperature and took an I.V. before the game, and did not participate in shoot-around or walk-through before the game. He told me when he left, ‘I'm playing,' and he played."
QUOTABLE: "It takes heart for both to (play sick and injured). I know how it feels to play with a bad back. Your back controls everything, every part of your body. It takes heart. For my teammates, my brothers, I would say for them to be able to play under the conditions they are in, I am proud of them."
-- Franklin on Xavier Thames and Tapley playing injured/sick
TURNING POINT: It was at the 3:46 mark in overtime that Tapley took over the game. The senior scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting and also had a pair of steals during the extra five minutes of play.
THE STAT: The Aztecs were 13-of-29 (44.8%) from three-point range and 11-of-33 (33.3%) from two-point distance.
QUOTABLE II: "Right now I am just tired. In overtime, I just had to get the most energy. When you have teammates like I have, they are just pushing you saying that we need buckets. I was there, I am that guy, so I had to put the ball in the basket. Thank God they were falling in overtime."
-- Tapley on his overtime performance and how he felt after experiencing flu-like symptoms
THE NUMBER II: 18. SDSU outscored CSU by 18, 41-23, the first half and the Rams returned the favor by winning the second half 40-22.
THE STAT II: Colorado State won the rebounding battle 51 to 34 and finished with 18 offensive boards. Pierce Hornung (14), Iverson (11) and Bejarano (11) all finished with double-digit totals.
"Colorado State is the best rebounding team we have played so far," Franklin said. "We have played some good teams, including Syracuse and Arizona but I would say Colorado State is the best at rebounding the ball."
HOT: The Aztecs were cooking with grease in the first half. The team connected on 10-of-18 from beyond the arc. San Diego State made season-high 13 three-point field goals.
NOT: San Diego State shot 2-of-12 and scored seven points In the first 8 minutes and 29 seconds of the second half.
FRESHMAN WATCH: Skylar Spencer didn't fill out the stat sheet with his 0 points and 3 rebounds but made his presence felt defensively.
"I thought Skylar Spencer, especially, was able to use his length and size to make it hard for (Iverson) to get those quality shots out of those low-post touches," Fisher said. "He's a handful to guard."
NOTABLE: SDSU has now won 84 straight games when leading with five minutes to play in regulation.
IN ATTENDANCE: 2015 Temecula (Calif.) Linfield Christian point guard Torin Webb visited Viejas Arena on Saturday night.
UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Wednesday vs. UNLV and Saturday at Wyoming. For Colorado State: Wednesday vs. Air Force and Saturday vs. UNLV.
The Facts: Colorado State at No. 16 SDSU
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