San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Junior guard Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley combined for 33 points in the first half as No. 19 San Diego State pulled away early en route to a 72-57 victory over Cal State Bakersfield Wednesday at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.
Franklin fired 11 of his 18 markers and Tapley scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to help the Aztecs (12-2) bounce back from a stinging 68-67 loss to No. 3 Arizona in the finals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Christmas Day.
Franklin shot shot 4-for-10 from the field on top of 13 rebounds and four assists while freshman Winston Shepard had 11 for the Aztecs, who extended their winning streak versus California schools to a nation-best 31 games and improved their home record to 7-0.
The victory will serve as good momentum as the Aztecs start their Mountain West Conference campaign against Fresno State next Wednesday.
Stephon Carter scored 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Roadrunners, who dropped to 6-11 after losing five of their last seven outings.
Corey Hall had 14 points and nine boards while Brandon Barnes and Tyrone White added seven points each for the Roadrunners.
Franklin scored seven early points to give the Aztecs an 18-9 advantage six minutes into the first half.
He added two foul shots to make it 23-12 and Tapley made it a 17-point lead, 37-20, with a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in the opening half.
In the second half, the Aztecs extended their lead to 24, 58-34, after foul shots by Deshawn Stephens and James Johnson and were never threatened from there.
The Aztecs shot 44.4 percent from the field, making 20 of 45 shots, while the Roadrunners missed 40 of 64 attempts for a 37.5 percent clip.