The Colorado St. Rams just blew open the Mountain West regular season race, by upsetting the No. 12 ranked San Diego St. Aztecs 77-60. Coming into this game the San Diego St. Aztecs were undefeated in league play and had wins against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and a tough road game at the Wyoming Cowboys.
While Colorado State was coming into this game by being blown out in their last two games which were on the road to the New Mexico Lobos and Wyoming. Saturday's win against San Diego State was the first time Colorado State beat a top 25 team at Moby Arena since knocking off Purdue 71-69 on Dec. 30, 2003.
Key stats that led to the win were that Colorado State was a perfect 23 for 23 from the line and went 24 for 49 from the field while San Diego State went 3 for 21 from three-point range and 20 for 64 overall. This could have just been one of those games were San Diego State came out falt and it was just a loss and that is all. Travel also could have caught up with San Diego State since they had a terrible time getting from San Diego to Laramie four days prior.
Colorado State has been a team that either shows up big or does not show up at all. On Saturday they showed up and had four players come up in double figures with Wes Eikmeier leading the way with 19 points and then Kaipo Sabas came up big off the bench to score 10 points.
Even though Colorado State turned the ball over 16 times to San Diego State's eight it was Colorado State who was shooting well and taking it to San Diego State. Colorado State never trailed after the 12:18 mark when Dwight Smithsank a three-pointer to go up 16-13. San Diego State was never able to get back in this game, they made a few runs but Colorado State countered with a scoring spree of their own.
San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher may have said it best about tonight's game:
"We got beat by a better basketball team today. I don't think they're a better basketball team, but they were today," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "They beat us. We were not productive with our offense."
That may be true, but it also means that San Diego State is not invincible and now the Mountain West race is open to five teams who have two or less losses.
Here are highlights and post game reaction from the game: