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.”AROUND THE NATION
NO. 1 WILDCATS ROLL – At Athens, Ga., Darius Miller came off the bench to score 19 points, and Kentucky (20-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) cruised in its first game since returning to No. 1 in the rankings, beating Georgia (10-10, 1-5), 57-44.
Miller, who had started eight of the previous nine games, made 7 of 8 shots, including all four from 3-point range.
BAYLOR ENDS SKID — At Norman, Okla., Perry Jones III had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Pierre Jackson added 16 points as No. 6 Baylor bounced back after its first two losses of the season to beat Oklahoma, 77-65.
The Bears (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) needed a strong finish to put away the Sooners (12-7, 2-5), who were within 62-60 in the final five minutes.