San Diego State’s basketball team displayed a severe lack of finishing skills while blowing a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play and suffering a disheartening 85-83 loss to Wyoming (8-8, 1-1) on Saturday.

It really had to hurt that JayDee Luster, Wyoming’s poor-shooting point guard, hit the game-winning 3-point basket and made three treys during Wyoming’s decisive spurt. The Aztecs were never all that high on Luster when he was a highly coveted recruit at nearby Hoover High.

Playing without injured Billy White, the Aztecs suffered a complete meltdown over the final five minutes to suffer a humbling defeat. It is far from the worst collapse during Steve Fisher’s reign as coach — the Aztecs once blew a 10-point lead with under 20 seconds to play against UNLV in a game they lost in overtime.

And who can forget gagging away an NCAA tournament game against Indiana in 2006? You might recall Brandon Heath dribbled the ball off his own calf to start the game-losing sequence.

The loss kept San Diego State (12-4, 1-1) from starting 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play and caused something you don’t see too often — Colorado State at the top of the standings. The Rams (11-5, 2-0) have already won more games than they won all of last season.

Brigham Young (16-1, 1-0) and Utah (8-7, 1-0) also haven’t suffered a conference loss but BYU might be playing without star guard Jimmer Fredette for awhile. Fredette, the conference’s leading scorer, is sidelined with mononucleosis.

Perhaps the most stunning development during the first week of conference play was New Mexico (14-3, 0-2) losing back-to-back games. The Lobos were the class of the conference during November and December.  New Mexico lost on the road to San Diego State and at home against UNLV with UNLV (13-3, 1-1) receiving seven 3-point baskets from Kendall Wallace in its win over the Lobos.

Even TCU (8-8, 1-1) is ahead of New Mexico in the conference standings. Meanwhile, Air Force (8-7, 0-2) has now lost 18 consecutive conference regular-season games.

For a stellar review of the Mountain West Conference’s nine teams, click here:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/mwest/home.htm

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