San Diego State didn't have too many issues during its first of an expected three consecutive games without highly touted freshman Winston Shepard. In its next one, it'll face a little stiffer competition.
After dispatching a local NAIA opponent, the 25th-ranked Aztecs will visit Missouri State on Saturday as part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.
San Diego State (1-1) received word Tuesday that Shepard would serve a suspension for violating an unspecified NCAA rule. The forward had four points and seven rebounds over 21 minutes during his collegiate debut, a 62-49 loss to then-No. 9 Syracuse on Nov. 11, a game that took place on the flight deck of the San Diego-based USS Midway.
The school is appealing the penalty but the suspension will remain in place during that process.
"The timing is never good when you have players that you're counting on who can't play," coach Steve Fisher said. "What it does is it allows more opportunity for ...