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San Diego State cruises past Wolf Pack

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher talks with Aztecs' point guard Xavier Thames.
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher talks with Aztecs' point guard Xavier Thames.
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The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team will be happy to come home.

The Wolf Pack closed out a winless week on the road with a 73-58 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday. The loss comes after an 83-75 loss at Utah State on Wednesday, giving the Pack its first two-game losing streak since the middle of December.

The Wolf Pack, which has fallen back to .500 at 12-12 overall and 7-4 in the Mountain West, will host Fresno State this Wednesday at Lawlor Events Center. San Diego State won for the 20th time in a row to improve to 21-1 overall and 10-0 in the Mountain West.

The Aztecs dominated the final 23 minutes on Saturday, outscoring the Pack 43-27.

The Pack, though, played right with the No. 5 team in the nation for the first 17 minutes. A three-point play by backup point guard Marqueze Coleman gave the Pack its last lead at 31-30 with 3:01 to play in the first half.

A 3-pointer by Michael Perez and a lay-up by A.J. West gave the Pack a quick 5-2 lead three minutes into the game. Jerry Evans hit a 3-pointer for a 9-7 lead with 16;16 to go in the opening half and a jumper by Cole Huff pulled the Pack into a 24-24 tie with 5:16 to go.

The Wolf Pack, however, turned the ball over three times and missed its last three shots over the final three minutes of the first half as San Diego State jumped out to a 37-31 lead at the intermission.

The Aztecs scored their first five points of the second half from the free throw line in building a 42-33 lead. A 3-pointer by Evans cut the Aztecs lead to 46-40 but Aqueel Quinn answered with a three to put San Diego state back up 51-41 with 13:12 left.

A lay-up by Dwayne Polee gave the Aztecs a commanding 55-41 lead with 11 minutes to play. Polee scored eight points off the bench.

Winston Shepard had a dunk and a jumper for a 59-44 San Diego State lead with 8:42 to go. Shepard finished with 16 points.

The Pack never really threatened the rest of the game.

The Pack's final nine points came on three 3-pointers in the final 6:15 by Evans, Deonte Burton and Huff.

Burton finished with just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. Evans led the Pack with 17 and Huff also had 11. Perez had six on a pair of 3-pointers.

Xavier Thames had 17 for San Diego State including a 3-pointer for a 73-58 lead with 1:33 left.

The Aztecs were just 3-of-13 on 3-pointers but made 22-of-35 2-pointers. San Diego State was also 20-of-26 from the free throw line while the Pack was 9-of-13.