No. 13 SDSU stunned by New Mexico, 77-67
The No. 13 San Diego State Aztecs aren’t used to losing like
Kendall Williams scored 21 points and Drew Gordon had 17 points
and 17 rebounds as New Mexico stunned the Aztecs 77-67 on Wednesday
night in their loud, crazy arena to move into first place in the
Mountain West Conference.
The Lobos (21-4, 7-2) won their sixth straight game and held
Chase Tapley, the conference’s leading scorer, to seven points. He
came in averaging 16.2 points and had been in double figures in 18
straight games. Tapley was held scoreless until making a layup with
4:38 to play.
Jamal Fenton had 15 points for the Lobos.
It was just the second home conference loss in two seasons for
SDSU (20-5, 6-3) and the first time the Aztecs lost consecutive
games since January 2010. They had gone 79 games without
consecutive losses. Jamaal Franklin scored 16 points for the
Aztecs, while Tim Shelton had 13 and James Rahon 11.
”I think that speaks to our program and how much it’s grown, We
are not used to losing,” Rahon said.
”We didn’t play well, we didn’t defend well, we didn’t rebound
the ball, we didn’t do what we have been doing throughout the
season,” Shelton said
New Mexico’s big win came one night after No. 11 UNLV lost
102-97 in overtime at TCU. UNLV and SDSU are tied for second.
On Saturday, San Diego State erased a 13-point deficit at UNLV
and took a one-point lead with less than 2 minutes to play but had
turnovers on each of its final three possessions and lost
When the Lobos and Aztecs met on Jan. 18 at The Pit, San Diego
State fell behind 10-0 before rallying for a 75-70 win. The Aztecs
trailed by 10 points in the first half of this game and tied it at
38 with a 6-1 burst to open the second half. But, fueled by
Gordon’s rebounding and San Diego State’s turnovers and poor
shooting, the Lobos responded with a 16-1 run that essentially put
it away at 54-39.
Chad Adams started the run with a 3-pointer, followed by
consecutive 3s by Williams. Adams made a bank shot, Gordon and A.J.
Hardeman had two free throws apiece and Hardeman added a dunk.
”You’re going to lose some tough ones,” Rahon said. ”They
outplayed us tonight. They got the better of us on our home court.
We have to get our heads back. This league is tough.”
San Diego State’s only point during that stretch came when
Garrett Green made the second of two free throws.
New Mexico took an early lead behind Williams and Gordon. The
Lobos were up 27-17 on a 3-pointer by Adams with 8:42 before
halftime. San Diego State pulled to 31-29 before Williams buried a
3 from the corner.
Each team was called for a technical foul in the contentious
first half. San Diego State’s Franklin was whistled for one after
throwing the ball off Phillip McDonald’s face. Williams was
whistled for a T for arguing a call against Gordon. Coach Steve
Alford vigorously argued as well – even whipping off his sport coat
in anger – but was spared a technical. San Diego State made three
of four free throws to close to 36-32 at halftime.