Jan. 15, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Lobos (13-5, 1-2) got a strong performance from UCLA transfer Drew Gordon, who had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds in his ninth game since becoming eligible last month. But it wasn't enough, as the Aztecs snapped New Mexico's 16-game home winning streak 87-77 on Saturday night to remain one of the nation's four unbeaten teams.
Dairese Gary added 23 points, but a young Lobos squad doomed itself with a sloppy first half and shot a season-low 39 percent from the field. Phillip McDonald, coming off a career-high 27 points in Wednesday's win over Colorado State, scored six points, all on free throws, and shot 0 for 5 from the floor.
D.J. Gay scored a career-high 30 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Chase Tapley added 15 points and the Aztecs (19-0, 4-0 Mountain West Conference) won for the fourth time in their last six visits to The Pit to extend the country's longest active win streak to a school-record 19 games.
It's a solid start to conference play, considering San Diego State has played three of its first four league games on the road.
Gay was smooth, shooting 7 of 11 on 3-pointers.
The Aztecs trailed 13-6 early but took control with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. Gay scored their last 12 points of the opening half, all on 3-pointers, including a 55-footer he swished at the horn to give San Diego State a 37-29 lead.
New Mexico twice cut the margin to 10 points in the final 7 minutes but Leonard answered for the Aztecs each time. When the Lobos' Kendall Williams made two free throws to make it 65-55, Leonard hit a jumper at the other end.
Moments later, New Mexico's Tony Snell swished a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 71-61 but Leonard got free for a 3.
Gay started the second half with a 3-pointer and hit another as the Aztecs built a 47-37 lead.
From there, San Diego State pulled away. Tapley made a jumper, Billy White was open for a 3-pointer, Leonard made two free throws and James Rahon swished a 3 from the right wing during an 11-4 run that stretched the Aztecs' lead to 58-41 at the 13-minute mark.