Winston Shepard recorded a double-double (19 points, 11 boards) with a dislocated left pinky finger and the San Diego State Aztecs (20-6, 10-3 Mountain West) handled the Colorado State Rams (21-5, 8-5 MW) 72-63 tonight in Viejas Arena.
This was a tight game with the Aztecs leading just 22-20 with 6:28 left in the first. SDSU went on a 15-6 scoring run to end the half, though, and had all the momentum entering halftime.
Shepard came out for the second half with his left pinky and ring finger splinted together after he dislocated the pinky finger while driving to the hoop against J.J. Avila late in the first half.
CSU slowly crept back into the game in the second half, but never got within seven points -- mainly due to an impressive performance on the offensive and defensive boards by Shepard.
J.J. O'Brien also had a big night, scoring 18 points to go along with four rebounds.
Skylar Spencer nearly recorded a triple-double with nine points, six rebounds and six blocks.
Avila led the Rams with 24 points and two rebounds.