San Diego State, following a set of tough conference contests, heads to Colorado for a pair of games at Air Force starting with the opener at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Aztecs (9-4, 3-3 in Mountain West) are playing the final two games of a stretch of four consecutive road games.
They lost the first two – both to Utah State, including a 64-59 setback on Saturday, playing without senior forward Matt Mitchell. He had appeared in 111 consecutive games before injuring his leg in SDSU’s Jan. 14 loss to Utah State.
San Diego State last played four straight away games in March 2003.
The Aztecs also have gone 96 games without suffering a three-game losing streak. Their burden will be eased a bit in their next 10 games, though, as they face teams with a combined 46-72 record.
Next up, Air Force is 4-8 overall, and 2-6 in the Mountain West. They split two games against Wyoming (8-5, 2-4 in MW) Saturday and Monday.
Since Jan. 2, San Diego State has played three of the four top teams in the conference, taking one of two from Colorado State, sweeping Nevada and being swept by Utah State.
They don’t face the Mountain West leader, Boise State, 13-1 so far, until Feb. 25.
In a bright spot for the Aztecs, senior guard Terrell Gomez broke a three-game scoring slump with a 16-point performance Saturday.
He changed his approach, noting that “even when the defense is playing me tight” he can’t “allow teams to take me out of the game.”
“I still gotta be able to produce for my team and be aggressive,” he said.
The transfer has some eye-popping stats in Division I play. He’s 11th among active players with 1,745 career points and third with 319 career three-pointers. He tops the list though for free-throw percentage, at 89.3% for his career.
Updated at 9:55 p.m. Jan. 21, 2021, with time change for game.
– Staff reports