THE FACTS: 17/16 San Diego State (11-2) lost a heartbreaker to 3/3 Arizona (12-0) 68-67 in the Diamond Head Classic Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chase Tapley led the way for the Aztecs with 19 points and Xavier Thames added 11. Arizona's Solomon Hill had a season high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
TURNING POINT: Arizona guard Nick Johnson came from the weak side to block Tapley's game winning layup with just seconds to play.
QUOTABLE: "We just didn't make that last play and they did. It was a tough, tough, tough way to lose. I told our team afterwards I wish that I could be in the locker room with a state of euphoria like Arizona is, celebrating a championship, which is why we came here, but we're not. I could not be more proud of a group, a team that I'm a part of."
-- SDSU head coach Steve Fisher on the loss to Arizona.
THE STAT: The Aztecs uncharacteristically turned the ball over 16 times. While the turnover prone Wildcats gave the ball away only 8 different possessions.
THE NUMBER: 0. The amount of points Jamaal Franklin had in the first half. He finished with 9, snapping his 32-game double-figure scoring streak.
QUOTABLE II: "They made it hard for him to get clean looks. To his credit he had six assists so when they ran at him, he found open people and they got baskets. I know there is nobody more crestfallen and down then Jamaal [Franklin] at this time but we'll move on."
-- Fisher on Jamaal Franklin's 9-point performance against Arizona.
THE NUMBER II: 17. Arizona's senior wing Kevin Parrom outscored San Diego State's bench single handily 17 to 15. He was efficient by making 7-of-11 shots and also added 5 rebounds.
HOT: J.J. O'Brien was effective on this night with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 5 rebounds but got in foul trouble late in the game.
NOT: San Diego State struggled from downtown once again. The Aztecs made 4-of-17 three pointers for the second straight game after connecting on 10-of-19 against USF on Saturday.
NOT II: In a big game the upperclassmen needed to step up. That wasn't the case as James Rahon only scored 2 points on 1-of-8 shooting. He continues to be hit or miss.
FRESHMAN WATCH: While some of the upperclassmen didn't perform well, the freshmen came to play. Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer each played quality crunch time minutes. Shepard had his best game of the tournament, possibly the season, with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes.
"I think under the stress of the game I thought Winston [Shepard] had his best game," Fisher explained. "He made some plays, good decisions with the ball. He's long and did a nice job at the other end too. He's got to continue to grow as a player, continue to work on every part of his game but we love who we got."
NOTABLE: The Aztecs had the following winning streaks snapped: 11 consecutive, 24 in the month of December and 11 against current members of the PAC-12.
UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Next Wednesday vs. Cal State Bakersfield and two Wednesdays from now at Fresno State. For Arizona: Next Thursday vs. Colorado and next Saturday vs. Utah.
The Facts: #3 Arizona vs. #17 SDSU
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