Viva Las Vegas for Aztecs

Hopefully what went on in Las Vegas, doesn’t stay there.
San Diego State would love for Wednesday to leak over into Saturday.
The Aztecs defeated the Rebels, 60-58, to keep alive their chances for the No. 1 seed in next week’s Mountain West tournament.
SDSU coach Steve Fisher said he was pleased how the players responded after Saturday’s loss to Boise State in the showdown for first place.
The Aztecs ran their winning streak to five against UNLV (16-14, 7-10).
“Sometimes it was pretty, sometimes it was diving on the floor, knocking the ball loose – it was a hard fought game,” Fisher said.
The Aztecs (23-7, 13-4) were led by forward JJ O’Brien’s career-high 22 points. Challenged by Fisher to be more aggressive, O’Brien set the tone early and with SDSU hitting three of four free throws late, that was the difference.
“I had more opportunities,” O’Brien said. “They weren’t doubling me early. I had a lot of space to operate, so I did.”
SDSU remains tied with Boise State atop the MW standings. But because of the Broncos sweeping the Aztecs, they own the tiebreaker and the top seed for the MW tournament.
Both teams have one game remaining on Saturday: the Aztecs face visiting Nevada on senior night and Boise State finishes at home against Fresno State.
SDSU’s Dwayne Polee II returned to the lineup after his heart medication was adjusted; he didn’t play in the loss to Boise State.
“I thought he did a nice job,” Fisher said.



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