Fisher’s men roam to Reno

by Rafael Avitabile, Staff Writer

The San Diego State Aztecs (17-5, 7-2 Mountain West) are set to square up with the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack (6-14, 2-6 MW) on Wednesday in Reno, Nevada. SDSU is looking to bounce back on the road after losing two of its last four games away from Viejas Arena.

Nevada is looking to reverse a losing trend of its own having lost its last six conference games in a row, including a 56-point loss on the road against Colorado State University. The Aztecs need a win to maintain their first place status in the MW while Nevada is hoping to avoid plunging further toward the bottom of the conference standings.

The Wolf Pack is led by junior forward A.J. West, who is averaging a double-double through eight conference games with 14.6 points and 11.6 rebounds. His 9.9 rebounds per game throughout the season ranks first in the MW.

West is also a factor on the defensive side of the ball. His 2.8 blocks per game is second best in the conference, but he has many blocks on the year as he does personal fouls with 53. Watching West battle in the paint with junior forwards Skylar Spencer and Angelo Chol should be worth the price of admission at Lawlor Events Center.

The Aztecs are coming off of an impressive 20-point victory at home against the Utah State University Aggies. Senior guard Aqeel Quinn led all SDSU scorers with 15 points and freshman forward Malik Pope had yet another solid game off of the bench with 13 points. The Aggies were held to just 29.2 percent shooting from the field. Quinn’s 15 points on Saturday night kept him atop the SDSU scoring leaderboard with a 11.2 per-game average.

The Aztec scoring defense now stands in at third in the country at 53.1 points allowed per game. The Wolf Pack defense ranks 169th in the nation at 66.1 points allowed per game.

Tune in to ESPN3 to catch the tipoff at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.