Franklin, Tapley lift San Diego State past Texas Southern

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Jamaal Franklin tallied his fourth double-double of the season, with 18 points and 15 boards, as No. 17 San Diego State rolled past Texas Southern, 74-62, for its sixth straight victory Monday at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.

Franklin scored 11 of his output, including the team’s last four points, in the second half as the Aztecs improved to 2-0 against Texas Southern. They also won their ninth straight non-conference home game, the seventh-longest streak in school history.

Chase Tapley added 16 points, DeShawn Stephens added 13 points and Dwayne Polee had 10 for the Aztecs (6-1), who lost their opening game to Syracuse before hurdling their next six opponents.

After scoring a career-high 39 markers against Colorado in a losing effort, Omar Strong scored 15 points while Fred Sturdivant added 14 points for the Tigers (1-7).

Stephens waxed hot early, scoring 12 first-half points, while Tapley and Franklin also played key roles as the Aztecs grabbed an 18-point lead at the break.

Behind Sturdivant, the Tigers opened the second half with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 36-25.

The Tigers further cut the deficit to 50-41 behind a three-pointer by Raymond Penn with 10:30 left but the Aztecs answered with a 10-4 blast capped by Tapley’s three-pointer to grab a 60-45 cushion.

The Aztecs made 27 of 58 attempts for 46.6 percent compared to just 38.7 percent by the Tigers. San Diego State also outshined Texas Southern in rebounding (35-29) and assists (15-13).

San Diego State finished 15-for-17 from the free-throw line (88.2 percent) and is now 28-for-31 (90.3 percent) from the charity stripe over the past two games.

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