Shepard leads No. 5 SDSU to 64-56 win over Falcons - NBC Sports

Shepard leads No. 5 SDSU to 64-56 win over Falcons
Air Force forward Kamryn Williams battles to get off a shot against the defense of San Diego State's JJ O'Brien, right, and Dwayne Polee II during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
February 15, 2014, 10:30 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) Winston Shepard scored 14 of his 16 points in the final 7 minutes, 14 seconds and the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs bounced back from their first loss since mid-November to beat Air Force 64-56 on Saturday night.

After the Falcons closed to 54-50 with 2:28 to go, Shepard converted a three-point play and hit two more free throws to give SDSU some breathing room.

Shepard also keyed a 9-0 run earlier in the second half with a 3-pointer, a slam dunk following a steal by Xavier Thames and two free throws.

Thames and Dwayne Polee II each scored 13 points for SDSU (22-2, 11-1 Mountain West), which had its 20-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night at New Mexico. It was SDSU's first loss since a 69-60 home defeat to Arizona on Nov. 14. Josh Davis had 10 rebounds.

Max Yon scored 20 for Air Force (10-14, 4-9).

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