San Diego St. 76, Point Loma 49
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:00 PM
Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
Eric Curry, Ryan Holmes, Scott Thornley
Final Scoring Summary
No. 15 San Diego State 76, Point Loma 49: Junior guard Xavier Thames scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the host Aztecs to their ninth straight win.
San Diego State (9-1), playing without reigning Mountain West Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin who watched the contest on the bench in street clothes with a sore back, struggled early against the Division II Sea Lions (2-7), who trailed just 35-30 at halftime.
Senior guard Chase Tapley added 15 points for the Aztecs, including back-to-back 3-pointers that ignited a 15-6 run early in the second half and extended San Diego State's lead to a more comfortable 54-39.
Junior guard Taylor Wetherell had 10 points, making all three of his 3-point attempts, to lead Point Loma, which fell behind 9-0 at the start and never led in the game.
Forward JJ O'Brien had six points and a game-high nine rebounds for San Diego State, which finished with a 31-22 rebounding edge.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Diego State has won 29 straight games against teams from California. ... The Aztecs have also won 22 straight games in the month of December. ... Sophomore James Johnson, a 6-9 transfer from Virginia, made his San Diego State debut and finished with six points in 12 minutes.
Point Loma Sea Lions
||Team Rebs: 3
||Total TO: 16
San Diego St. Aztecs