San Diego State vs. Colorado State: Analysis and Reaction from Conference Opener

Adam WilliamsCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2014

Dec 18, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher talks with forward Josh Davis (22) during the second half against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs won 76-39. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Final Score: San Diego State 71 Colorado State 61

Wednesday night, 6:00 p.m. PST, the No. 21-ranked San Diego State Aztecs (11-1) traveled to Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado and took on the Colorado State Rams (9-5). This game served as the Mountain West Conference opener.

In the end, SDSU was just too much for the Rams. Long, physical and athletic, the Aztecs looked very good and could be a team to reckon with in the NCAA tournament this year.

Winston Shepard is a budding superstar for the Aztecs, finishing with 17 points, and Xavier Thames was fantastic finishing with 23 points. Forward Josh Davis only had seven points, but contributed a whopping 15 rebounds.

SDSU's defense lived up to their billing, holding CSU to only 61 points. CSU star forward J.J. Avila had 15 points, however he was held to only three points in the second half. An inexperienced team, CSU has potential, but they are not ready for the big time just yet.

San Diego State's schedule hadn’t been overwhelmingly difficult thus far, however after a tough test at Colorado State, they now head to Allen Fieldhouse for a battle against the No. 16-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday.