San Diego State will be smarting for some time from its big loss at New Mexico, well aware that it has one more regular-season game against the Lobos and most likely another showdown in the Mountain West Conference tournament, as well.
The 13th-ranked Aztecs (23-3, 12-2) are trying to focus on Tuesday night's home game against last-place San Jose State (7-19, 1-13) after Saturday night's 58-44 loss to the Lobos dropped them into a share of the MWC lead with New Mexico.
''They grabbed us by the throat and didn't let go from start to finish,'' Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said.
Guard Xavier Thames, who leads the Aztecs with 16.8 points per game, had an off night with only seven.
''The New Mexico game was not one anybody who has an ounce of favoritism for the Aztecs wanted to see,'' Fisher said. ''But it happened. We went in and got beat, beat soundly by a very good team who on that given night definitely was the better team. We don't like the feeling; it did happen. We witnessed it, ...