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SDSU to test winning streak in the Pit

Funny things can happen on the road.

That's what San Diego State should expect when it takes the nation's longest winning streak to New Mexico to play at the Pit on Saturday.

The Aztecs have won three of their past five games there, but are also 7-25 overall in the arena. Look for a capacity crowd to remind them that the defending regular-season Mountain West champs are indeed the Lobos.

The early days of the newly renovated Pit are already a part of Lobos lore, as fans have been evacuated from the building twice in the past 30 days during games due to fire alarms.

The first was set off by smoke in the kitchen. The latest evacuation came Wednesday during a win against Colorado State with one second left in the first half , causing poor Rams forward Andre McFarland to have to go about half an hour between free throws and fans to chant "$60 million" referencing the cost of the renovation. This time, it was a false alarm pulled by a child performer for the halftime show, according to KRQE-TV.

Beating San Diego State, of course, would be a matter of great civic pride for those in Albuquerque who've already twice been ushered out of their home arena and heard the doubts that this Lobos team can get back to the NCAA tournament.

New Mexico does have forward Drew Gordon playing well after he came through with 15 points and 16 rebounds in his first start as a Lobo since becoming eligible in December.

The Lobos will need the UCLA transfer to attempt to help neutralize Aztecs star Kawhi Leonard and a whole host of others to play well.

But anything can happen when New Mexico plays at home. Their fans know that better than anyone.