New Mexico vs. #4 San Diego State: Aztecs Snap Lobos’ 15-0 Home Winning Streak With Ease, 85-57
The Aztecs keep on winning.
San Diego State was too much for the undermanned New Mexico roster.
The San Diego State Aztecs (22-0, 11-0 MW) showed once more why they are the top team in the Mountain West, continuing the trend of dominating opponents, whether on the road or at home.
New Mexico (16-7, 5-5 MW), a team that has been particularly successful at home on the year, was unable to keep pace with the conference leader, giving up 17 points in the first four minutes and thirteen seconds before getting on the scoreboard nearly five minutes into the game.
That would set the pace for the rest of the game, as the Aztecs continued to put steady and intense defensive pressure on a hobbling New Mexico team which was still without four of its five starters, which was never able to cut the lead to any less than 14 points, eventually losing 85-57.
The game saw plenty of bench players from both sides, but it was San Diego State’s bench that shone brighter, and appeared deeper than the oft touted Lobos’ bench, which was thought to be the deepest in the conference. The Aztecs’ bench outscored the Lobo bench 21-13, chipping in 3 of the Aztecs’ 15 three pointers.
Malachi Flynn (12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal), who sat for much of the first half after being called for a second foul, still managed to have a high level of efficiency for San Diego State, which saw 5 players score in double figures.
Ball movement was key for the Aztecs.
Often seeing possessions with eight passes led to wide open shots, many of which were three pointers that were sunk despite a rowdy crowd of just over 13,000. In total, 23 of the team’s 32 field goals were made on assists.
The Aztecs are now 4 games ahead of the next best in the conference, and would have to drop at least three of their last seven games (if UNLV wins out) just to be tied for first in the Mountain West standings, making the team a virtual lock as the regular season conference champions.
New Mexico drops to 5-5 with the loss, and is now 7th in the conference standings. The team is falling fast behind some poor decision making from the team’s player leaders. While the rest of the team works to develop a new identity and chemistry, it could be a long remainder of the season for the New Mexico Lobos, which are now in jeopardy of finishing in the bottom third of the conference.
San Diego State will host Utah State at Viejas arena. New Mexico will head to Fresno, California to play to Fresno State Bulldogs.