Winston Shepard shot his second air-ball in a row in the first half at Viejas Arena, and a scattering of boos came from "The Show." He finished the first half with just four points -- all on free throws.
Shepard's second half looked a whole lot different. The Aztec junior made seven of his eight shots and scored 16 points. His running dunk off a beautiful pass from Angelo Chol just about brought the house down.
Long story short, Shepard's second-half performance helped lead his San Diego State Aztecs (12-4, 2-1 Mountain West) to a convincing 56-42 victory against the visiting New Mexico Lobos (10-5, 2-1 Mountain West).
Both offenses looked putrid to start the game, and the halftime score was a football-esque 22-18 in favor of the Aztecs.
But led by the dude who got booed in the first half, SDSU put up 34 points in the second half and its defense continued to stifle the Lobos. UNM shot slightly under 30 percent on the night and turned it over 11 times.
Obij Aget was the leading scorer for the Lobos with just seven points.
Chol was SDSU's offensive leader off the bench, scoring 10 points on 4-5 shooting.
Matt Shrigley got his first start of the year, starting over freshman Trey Kell, and he had himself a game: eight points, two boards, one assist, two steals and a block.
SDSU now has eight days off before visiting the Wyoming Cowboys (13-2, 2-0 Mountain West) Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. PT.
UNM visits the Utah State Aggies (9-5, 2-0 Mountain West) Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. PT.