Fort Collins, Colo. • Xavier Thames scored 23 points to help No. 21 San Diego State fend off Colorado State 71-61 on Wednesday night for its 10th straight win.
Winston Shepard scored 17 points and Josh Davis had seven points and 15 rebounds for the Aztecs (11-1, 1-0 Mountain West), which won its seventh straight conference opener in tying the second-best 12-game start in school history.
The Aztecs dominated Colorado State (9-5, 0-1) in the paint, outscoring the Rams 40-16 from up close and out-shooting them from the field 48.2 percent to 38.5.
Daniel Bejarano led Colorado State with 22 points while J.J. Avila had 15 points and Jon Octeus 10.
Trailing by nine points at halftime, the Rams narrowed the deficit to four on a jumper by Joe De Ciman in the opening minutes of the second half. The Aztecs responded with a 10-3 run that included a three-point play by Shepard and a 3-pointer by Aqeel Quinn to rebuild their lead to 50-39.
The Associated Press