The SDSU Aztecs had won 164 consecutive games when leading with five minutes left in regulation. That streak is now over, the result of seven consecutive missed free throws in the final minutes of Saturday’s home game against Boise State and a 12-0 run in favor of the road team.
SDSU seemed to be the more talented team for much of the game, but Boise State kept it close by taking advantage of mental mistakes and turnovers by the Aztecs. Winston Shepard and Jeremy Hemsley totaled 11 turnovers between the two of them, and the team had 17 for the game high above their average of about 12 per game).
Sophomore guard Trey Kell led the way in scoring for San Diego State, with 17 points, but finished shooting 38% overall, 28% from 3-point range and just 50% from the free throw line.
This loss all but assures that Steve Fisher’s team will need to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament to get an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. San Diego State remains the Mountain West Conference Champions, even if they lose the final two games of the regular season and don’t win the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The Aztecs’ next game is Tuesday at New Mexico, tipping off at 6:30pm PT. You can catch the action live on The Mighty 1090!