THE FACTS: 15/14 San Diego State (14-4, 2-2 MW) fell to Wyoming (15-2, 2-2) 58-45 after the Aztecs were held to nine first half points. SDSU finished the game shooting 17-of-59 for 28.8%. It was the second time in four games that starting point guard Xavier Thames did not play due to a back strain. Jamaal Franklin led the way for SDSU with only 13 points and 4 rebounds. Wyoming's Leonard Washington, a USC transfer, had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
QUOTABLE: "I told our players losing is not embarrassing but the way one loses can be and I'm embarrassed. We played with no controlled emotion in probably in the entire game. We got out-fought, out-toughed, out-played, out-coached, out-everything in the first half. When there was a ball to be had they had two people diving on it while we had guys reaching for it. We were looking for excuses and they were getting results. It was what a 20 to 9 score would be and when you're on the 9 part of it, it was brutally bad."
-- SDSU head coach Steve Fisher on the Aztecs first half
THE STAT: San Diego State scored nine first half points by only making 4-of-24 (16.7%) from the field.
TURNING POINT: The Aztecs were gaining momentum after Chase Tapley hit a three to cut the Cowboys lead down to seven with 3:55 left. Next trip down SDSU got the much-needed defensive stop but Washington tore down another offensive board. Soon after Winston Shepard fouled the ball handler out on the perimeter, his fourth foul, then picked up his final foul, technical, for arguing with the referee. Wyoming shot four free throws. It was a demoralizing blow for the away team.
THE NUMBER: 25.9. Franklin and Tapley combined for 7-of-27 shooting with five turnovers.
QUOTABLE II: "It stemmed some positive momentum that we appeared to be getting a little bit. It was a ten-point game, then all of a sudden a seven-point game, and the energy seemed to be sucked out again. It probably had an impact, but we had a lot of plays like that."
"We've talked constantly about how you have to manage yourself, and how you have to have poise and be able to deal with stressful times. That's absolutely critical if you want to be successful. If you have a willingness to listen and learn, you grow out of that. If you allow your frustrations to continue to jump out, it creates more problems for everybody."
-- Fisher on Shepard's technical foul and addressing technical fouls in general
THE NUMBER II: 4. Aztecs only had four assists against the Cowboys. All came in the first six minutes of the second half.
HOT: Not one Aztec was "hot" on this night so must give credit to the opponent. Cowboys' Washington produced more energy alone than the entire SDSU team. He finished with a double-double, 5 steals and 2 blocks.
NOT: The bench minus freshman Skylar Spencer. James Rahon and Dwayne Polee had nine field goal attempts, yet, produced zero points.
FRESHMAN WATCH: Shepard was effective in his second career start before fouling out with 10 points and 6 rebounds but his technical foul was a huge freshman mistake.
NOTABLE: It was the eighth time since 1996 that SDSU has shot worse than 30% from the field. They are 1-7 in those games.
UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Wednesday at Nevada and Saturday vs. New Mexico. For Wyomin: Wednesday at UNLV and Saturday vs. Air Force.
The Facts: No. 15 San Diego State at Wyoming
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