Aztecs overcome bumpy flight to whip Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. — No. 13 San Diego State had a rough start in more ways than one before persevering against Wyoming for its 11th straight win.

After a bumpy charter flight detoured by stormy weather delayed the team’s arrival in Laramie by 17 hours, the Aztecs overcame a turbulent first half and beat the Cowboys 52-42 on Tuesday night.

“It’s like life, everything doesn’t go perfect,” Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said. “We didn’t let them feel sorry for themselves, and we’ve got a group of guys that don’t. They never complain, which is very impressive. It’s a big reason why we’re as good as we are.”

Jamaal Franklin had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Chase Tapley added 12 points for the Aztecs (18-2, 4-0 Mountain West). It was Franklin’s fifth double-double in his past seven games. His 11 rebounds were a career high.

The victory was the 250th at San Diego State for Fisher, who is in his 13th season with the Aztecs.

“We’re 4-0 in conference right now; that’s a beautiful start,” Aztecs forward Tim Shelton said.

Leonard Washington had 12 points and eight rebounds and Luke Martinez added 11 points for Wyoming (16-4, 2-2).

San Diego State was supposed to arrive in Laramie at 7 p.m. Monday but didn’t get in until noon on game day.

“We were just flying for a while, and all of a sudden I woke up and the snow was everywhere and there was turbulence,” said Shelton, who had five points. “Kind of scary, but we got here.”

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