San Diego State vs. UNLV was a crazy environment at a sold out Viejas Arena. Click on this short video by CBS Sports Doug Gottlieb. The Aztecs started off very slow allowing UNLV to begin the game with a 18 to 13 run after the first media time out (12:20). The Aztecs had problems shooting free throws. Winston Shepard helped SDSU cut down the UNLV lead by making two straight free throws. Shepard leading the Aztecs down the court as the point guard made a huge pass to Aztecs shooting guard Jamaal Franklin and Franklin hits the three. The Aztecs drew even with UNLV at the second media timeout (11:15) at 18 points.
Winston Shepard shot 9 out of 10 from the free throw line in the first half of the game. That landed Shepard into double figures for just the second time this season. Shepard has been the most noticeable Aztecs in the first half as he is stone walling his former teammate Bennett from Findley Prep. The Aztecs were playing horrible defense in the first half of the game allowing UNLV to come away with easy layups. The Aztecs had the same problem with a very good rebounding team in Colorado State. The Aztecs had been out-rebounded 22 to 11 in the first half of the game. The Aztecs ended the first half shooting 12-30 (40%) from the floor, 3-11 (27.3%) from beyond the arc and 15-19 (78.9%) from the free throw line. The player of the first half for SDSU was Jamaal Franklin who scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds.
San Diego State came out flat in the second half of the game allowing UNLV to score six points right out of the gate. At the 3:25 mark in the second half UNLV had already scored 56 points. The normal average points per-game average allowed by SDSU is 59 points. The Aztecs were able to close in on the lead with great defensive play by freshman Skylar Spencer. The Running Rebels then extended the lead to 10 points and the Aztecs would fire back 6 straight points. The Aztecs would be down at that point by 5 points (60-55). At the 11:53 minute media timeout SDSU had the UNLV led cut down to three points (60-57).
The Aztecs took the lead over from Vegas for the first time in the second have at the 10:00 minute mark. Great defense by the San Diego State Aztecs. The Aztecs then gave up the lead to UNLV at the 7:20 minute mark 66-65. The Aztecs were able to tie the game at the 3:30 mark 73-73. The San Diego State Aztec defense could not stop UNLV from out rebounding them. Aztecs lose 82 to 75. The Aztecs ended the first half shooting 26-67 (38.8%) from the floor, 3-19 (15.8%) from beyond the arc and 20-27 (74.1%) from the free throw line. The player of the game for SDSU was Jamaal Franklin who scored 27 points and had 7 rebounds.
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