Mountain West ranking: San Diego State back on top – archyde

Trey Pulliam from the US state of San Diego will shoot against Colorado State on January 8, 2022 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego. (Photo: Derrick Tuskan / San Diego State)

San Diego State Coach Brian Dutcher was impressed with his Aztecs last week.
“That was a damn good performance by the Aztecs this afternoon,” said Dutcher after San Diego State’s 79:49 win over the previously undefeated Colorado State Rams on Saturday. “We guarded at a high level, rebounded at a high level and then we found people who played right. It was just a great all-round game. “
The one-sided home win at the Viejas Arena enabled the Aztecs (10-3, 2-0) to replace the Rams (11-1, 1-1) at the top of the Nevada Appeal Mountain West basketball rankings.
“We let it affect our intensity and physicality, and that just overwhelmed us,” said Niko Medved, Colorado state coach.
The Rams got 19 points from Isaiah Stevens and 17 from David Roddy, but only 13 points from the rest of the team combined. Stevens and Roddy were 9 out of 20 out of the field, but their teammates were 3 out of 23 and missed all 12 of their 3-pointers.
The state of San Diego, which has now won 16 in a row at home, only led 36:32 at halftime, but outperformed Colorado State at 43:17 after halftime.
“Right at the end of the first half, I thought they were going to start imposing their physicality a little,” Medved said of the Aztecs. “And then it just became a groundswell in the second half.”
The 30 point loss was the largest for the Rams since losing 89:55 to Duke on November 5, 2019.
“We know there are a few things we need to sort out if we are to win at the level we want,” said Medved.
The game that allowed Mountain West to host a nationally televised game on CBS on Saturday was only scheduled earlier this week because the Aztecs home game against Nevada and Colorado State’s game at Boise State were postponed due to health and safety protocols became.
Colorado State had only played home and neutral games that season before losing in San Diego State. At the end of the game, the Aztecs ‘home crowd (10,323) chanted “overrated” to the Rams’ players. Colorado State was ranked 20th by the Associated Press and 19th on the Coach’s Poll last week.
“Everyone gets cheered every now and then,” said Stevens. “We take it by the chin and keep moving. But we have to be harder, both physically and emotionally. “
San Diego State scored the game’s final 14 points in the last five minutes.
“I hate the way we played,” said Medved, whose Rams beat the Air Force 67:59 last Tuesday in their first game since December 11th. “But it’s a defeat and we’ll go ahead and get better. I have no doubt that this team will respond. “
Colorado State also didn’t play very well four days earlier when it defeated the Air Force No. 9. The Rams only took the lead for the first time in the first half five minutes from time and never led by more than 10 minutes during the entire game. Colorado State won because their bank beat the Falcons’ bank by 29-0.
The Aztecs victory over the Rams was just one of four games for the Mountain West teams last week as eight games were postponed due to health and safety protocols. No. 3 Boise State, No. 4 Fresno State, No. 5 Wyoming, No. 6 Nevada, and No. 8 UNLV didn’t play a game last week. Nevada, which has won six of the last seven games, hasn’t played since New Years and has only played four games since November 30th. Wyoming hasn’t played since Christmas Day while Boise State and Fresno State have played since Dec 28 (when Boise State beat Fresno State, 65-55).
No. 7 Utah State overtook No. 11 New Mexico 90-87 in overtime behind Justin Beans’ 21 points and 11 rebounds. However, New Mexico led 42:27 at halftime before collapsing at The Pit in front of an 8,338 home crowd. The game was New Mexico’s first Mountain West home game in the pit in nearly two years, since a 67-64 win over the state of Utah on February 29, 2020. The Lobos played their home games outside of the box last season for health and safety reasons of Albuquerque Protocols.
The only other game that a Mountain West team was involved in last week was San Jose State’s 118-43 win over Bethesda, an Anaheim, California school. The win in front of just 1,082 fans in San Jose State was San Jose State’s record (7-5 ​​overall), but Bethesda of the Pacific Christian Athletic Conference also has exhibition games this year against Fullerton (105-46), Southern Utah (116- 74), Long Beach State (102-69), and Cal State San. lost Bernardino (108-76).
Myron Amey Jr. had 32 points off the bench for the Spartans in just 24 minutes. Amey, also known as MJ, is a 6-foot-5 guard from Vacaville, California High School who spent her final season at Scotland Prep, Pennsylvania. He’d only scored 14 points in seven games for 35 minutes that season before breaking out for his 32 points.
A total of 10 Mountain West games are planned for this week. Nevada will be received at the Lawlor Events Center Boise State on Wednesday and play in the Air Force on Saturday.
The men’s basketball rankings of the Nevada Appeal in Mountain West for the week of January 10:
1. STATE OF SAN DIEGO (10-3, 2-0). Last week: San Diego State 79, Colorado State 49. This week: San Diego State in Wyoming (Wednesday), San Diego State in Utah State (Saturday).
2nd COLORADO STATE (11-1, 1-1). Last week: Colorado State 67, Air Force 59, San Diego State 79, Colorado State 49. This week: Utah State in Colorado State (Wednesday), Colorado State in San Jose State (Saturday).
3. BOISE STATE (10-4, 1-0). Last week: No games. This week: Boise State, Nevada (Wednesday).
4. FRESNO STATE (10-4, 0-1). Last week: No games. This week: San Jose State in Fresno State (Tuesday), Fresno State in UNLV (Friday).
5. WYOMING (11-2, 0-0). Last week: No games. This week: San Diego State, Wyoming (Wednesday), Wyoming, Utah State (Saturday).
6. NEVADA (7-5, 1-0). Last week: No games. This week: Boise State in Nevada (Wednesday), Nevada with the Air Force (Saturday).
7. UTAH STATE (10-5, 1-1). Last week: Utah State 90, New Mexico 87 (OT). This week: Utah State in Colorado State (Wednesday), Wyoming in Utah State (Saturday).
8. UNLV (8-6, 0-1). Last week: No games. This week: New Mexico at UNLV (Tuesday), Fresno State at UNLV (Friday).
9. AIR FORCE (8-5, 1-1). Last week: Colorado State 67, Air Force 59. This week: Nevada in the Air Force (Saturday).
10. NEW MEXICO (7-8, 0-2). Last week: Utah State 90, New Mexico 87 (OT). This week: New Mexico at UNLV (Tuesday), San Diego State in New Mexico (Saturday).
11TH SAN JOSE STATE (7-5, 0-0). Last week: San Jose State 118, Bethesda, California 43. This week: San Jose State, Fresno State (Tuesday), Colorado State, San Jose State (Saturday).

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