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        === No. 18 Aztecs blast San Francisco in Diamond Head opener ===
 
 Honolulu,  HI (Sports  Network) -  Chase Tapley  dropped in  a career-high  33
 points  on  13-of-19 shooting to go  with five rebounds as the 18th-ranked San
 Diego  State  Aztecs easily handled  San Francisco,  80-58, on Saturday in the
 Diamond Head Classic.
 
 Tapley  drained 6-of-10  shots  from  beyond the  arc,  while Jamaal  Franklin
 contributed  11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Aztecs (10-1),
 who have won 10 straight games since a season-opening loss to Syracuse on Nov.
 11.
 
 Deshawn  Stephens  netted 10 points to  go with eight boards and Xavier Thames
 gave  10  points in the  Aztecs' 30th consecutive win  over a program from the
 state of California.
 
 Cole  Dickerson  scored a team-high  15 points to go  with 12 rebounds for the
 Dons  (5-5), who have lost four straight. De'End Parker added 10 points in the
 setback for San Francisco.
 
 San  Francisco  got off to  a quick  11-4 start leading  up to the first media
 timeout with 14:32 to play in the opening half.
 
 After the timeout, San Diego State ripped off a 13-0 surge, capped by a Thames
 layup  ahead of another  TV timeout, to make it a 17-11 game with 11:53 on the
 first-half clock.
 
 San  Francisco hung  around as a layup  by Tim Derksen cut the deficit to two,
 but  the  Aztecs responded with  a 10-2 flurry to  snag a 33-23 advantage with
 less than six minutes to go in the opening half.
 
 Cody  Doolin  sank a  deep trey at  the first-half buzzer,  but the Dons still
 trailed, 38-33, at the break.
 
 Tapley led all scorers in the first half with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
 
 SDSU  opened the second  half with a quick 7-2 burst to widen the advantage to
 45-35  with 14:55 to play, but eight straight from the Dons cut the deficit to
 45-43 with 13:11 on the clock.
 
 The Aztecs never gave up the lead, though, using a 12-4 surge to push the lead
 back to 10 with 9:44 to play before running away with it the rest of the way.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 San  Diego State  will take on Indiana  State in the semifinals on Sunday, San
 Diego  State leads  the all-time  series, 3-2.  The Aztecs  took the  previous
 matchup between the teams, 62-56, in the opener of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops
 Classic  ... SDSU shot an efficient 55.2 percent from the floor, while holding
 the Dons to just 39.6 percent.
 
 
 12/22 21:03:19 ET

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