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Aztecs overcome shooting woes, pull away

HONOLULU — Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 18 San Diego State held off Indiana State 62-55 Sunday in the Diamond Head Classic tournament.

Chase Tapley scored 13 for the Aztecs (11-1), who won despite poor free-throw and 3-point shooting.

San Diego State pulled ahead for good during a 7-0 run that included five straight points from Tapley. With less than five minutes left, Tapley drove to the basket and Jake Odum committed a flagrant foul. Tapley hit two free throws and a quick 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, giving the Aztecs a 51-44 lead.

The Sycamores got no closer than three points after that.

"Every trip down the floor seemed like a big possession," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "Both teams came up empty at times."

San Diego State made 4 of 17 3-pointers (23.5 percent) and 18 of 28 free throws (64.3 percent).

Franklin was one rebound shy of his career high. RJ Mahurin had 15 points for Indiana State.

"We knew it was going to be tough, and coming in we'd have to grind and grind and grind on them," Mahurin said.

Neither team established a clear edge beyond a few key runs until San Diego State gained control late. The game had five ties and six lead changes.

"They made us guard for 35 seconds and make baskets as the shot clock was going out," Fisher said.

Women

NO. 11 PENN ST. 82, NJIT 37: Maggie Lucas had 21 points and eight rebounds and Alex Bentley tied her career high with eight steals for the host Lions (10-2), who opened with a 16-2 run and never trailed.

Aztecs overcome shooting woes, pull away 12/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 8:48pm]
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