THE FACTS: 19/17 San Diego State (12-2) took down Cal State Bakersfield (6-11) 72-57 in their first game since the loss to Arizona. Aztecs were too much for the Roadrunners outscoring them 37-20 in the first half. Jamaal Franklin led the way with 18 points (4/10 FG, 9/9 FT) and 12 rebounds. Chase Tapley added 14 on 6-of-12 shooting.
QUOTABLE: "If we could have quit at the 9:02 mark when we were 22 ahead, I just knew that, within three possessions, it would be 30, I would feel terrific. But we have to play 40 minutes and we played 31 minutes. We had three straight turnovers after it was 21 ahead and we put six bullet points up and I said, `look at the bullet points: focus, concentrate, play smarter.' We did none of the above the last 10 minutes of the game and that's unacceptable."
-- SDSU head coach Steve Fisher on the win against Cal State Bakersfield.
THE STAT: SDSU held Cal State Bakersfield to 24-of-64 shooting (37.5%) on the night.
TURNING POINT: Aztecs finished the first half on a 9-0 run, pushing the lead to 37-20. Tapley had 5 points, Franklin with 2 points and 2 assists during the run in the final 4:19.
THE NUMBER: 41. San Diego State shot 41 free throw attempts making 27 of them (65.9%).
"We got to the free-throw line and that's what you're supposed to do," Fisher said. "We've got to make more of them. Early on we were making them and then, sometimes, when things start to happen, good or not so good, they kind of go in bunches and we kind went in stretches when we missed several of them in a row. Forty-one free throws is a lot and that will win you games if you can find ways to get to the line and make easy ones."
QUOTABLE II: "It was awful. I am disappointed but we got the victory, so that is always good."
-- SDSU forward Jamaal Franklin on his performance tonight (five turnovers).
THE NUMBER II: 2. The amount of second half minutes for Xavier Thames, who left the game with strain in his lower back.
"They said he [Thames] had a lower back strain," Fisher said. "He tweaked it a little bit in practice the other day and then he went for that one pass that he had to reach back for is when he hurt it and he couldn't get the stiffness out of it. It's spasms they said, so hopefully he'll be okay."
HOT: San Diego State's three-point defense continues it's recent success by holding the Roadrunners to 3-of-18 (16.6%) shooting. In the last three games opposing teams have shot 12-of-51 (23.5%) from downtown.
NOT: James Rahon had 2 points on the night connecting on only one of his six shots and missing all four from beyond the arc. In his last three games he's made 3-of-17 (17.6%) from the field and 1-of-8 (12.5%) from three-point distance.
FRESHMAN WATCH: Winston Shepard had a career-high 11 points on 2-of-4 shooting and got to the line 11 times, making 7 of them. That's back-to-back games of 23 minutes for the freshman.
NOTABLE: The Aztecs have now won 31 consecutive games against teams from California.
UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Next Wednesday at Fresno State and next Saturday vs. Colorado State. For Cal State Bakersfield: Saturday at UNLV and next Wednesday vs. Cal State Fullerton.
The Facts: Cal State Bakersfield at #19 SDSU
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