No. 13 San Diego State tops Air Force
Colorado Springs, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - J.J. O'Brien tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds in No. 13 San Diego State's 79-72 road victory over Air Force on Sunday.
Xavier Thames added 16 points and five assists and Winston Shepard had 14 points as SDSU (14-1, 3-0 Mountain West) won its 13th straight game. The Aztecs' lone loss this season came in their second game to current No. 1 Arizona.
Josh Davis and Matt Shrigley netted 13 points apiece in the triumph, with Davis also corralling 11 boards.
Tre' Coggins played all 40 minutes for the second straight game and donated a game-high 29 points for Air Force (8-7, 2-2), which has lost two in a row and three of five overall. Kamryn Williams and Max Yon contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Aztecs trailed 27-24 late in the first half, but scored the final seven points of the period. Davis netted five of the seven, and his tip-in with 46 seconds left sent SDSU into the break with a 31-27 edge.
San Diego State controlled the early portion of the second half to claim the first double digit lead either way. O'Brien's free throws at 17:16 capped a 9-2 run for the visitors, who extended the lead to 14 points later in the period on consecutive Shrigley 3-pointers.
The lead was just seven with 1 1/2 minutes remaining after Coggins hit his fifth three of the game, but SDSU took the shot clock down on its next touch before Thames' jumper put the game out of reach.
San Diego State improved to 4-0 in true road games this season ... The Aztecs outrebounded AFA, 39-30 ... Air Force had 14 turnovers to SDSU's seven ... SDSU's reserves outscored their counterparts, 18-6.
01/12 18:44:00 ET