On a night where San Diego State said goodbye to their three seniors, Angelo Chol, Skylar Spencer, and Winston Shepard, they did so in grand fashion by steam rolling UNLV 92-56.
San Diego State had their way with a short-handed Rebels squad who played only eight players the entire game. On the other hand the Aztecs had 11 players score at least a point and had 13 players play in the game. Shepard and sophomore Trey Kell led the team with 18 points each, while Malik Pope had 12, and Dakarai Allen had 10. UNLV's Patrick McCaw led all scores with 21 points and freshman Stephen Zimmerman had a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The game started well for the Rebels as they took an early 16-12 lead. At that point the Aztecs went on a 15-2 run and took a nine-point lead that they would never let go. After that the Aztecs pushed the lead to double digits for the rest of the night en route to a dominating win.
San Diego State outplayed UNLV in nearly every facet of the game. They outshot the Rebels 48.5% (46.4% from three) to 30.4% (13.8% from three). The Aztecs also outrebounded the Rebels 47-34, including an 11-9 advantage on the offensive glass.
Both teams now head to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference Tournament. For San Diego State winning the entire thing would eliminate all doubt that they will be heading to the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year.
A loss in the tournament might be sending them back to Viejas for an NIT first round game. As the top seed San Diego State will take on the winner between Utah State and Wyoming on Thursday. UNLV needs to win the Mountain West Tournament to make the NCAA tourney; a tough task considering the mess the team is in with such a depleted roster. A loss will most certainly end their season. The Rebels will be the seven seed and face the tenth seeded Air Force Falcons on Wednesday.