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     === No. 18 Aztecs beat Indiana State, gain Diamond Head title game ===
 Honolulu,  HI (Sports  Network) -  Jamaal Franklin  poured in  a game-high  19
 points  and pulled  down 15 rebounds to  lead 18th-ranked San Diego State to a
 62-55  win over  Indiana State  in  the semifinal  round of  the Diamond  Head
 Chase  Tapley added  13 points and Xavier  Thames dropped in 12 for the Aztecs
 (11-1),  who  will face No. 4  Arizona in the tournament championship on
 R.J.  Mahurin  paced the Sycamores (6-4)  with 15 points and five rebounds and
 Manny Arop scored 13 in the loss.
 Arop's  jumper with just seven minutes left knotted the game at 42-42, but the
 Aztecs  opened up a  9-2 surge -- capped off with Tapley's triple -- to take a
 51-44 lead with 4:40 to go.
 Indiana  State scored the next four points to pull within 51-48, but a reverse
 alley-oop to Franklin pushed the SDSU lead to five.
 Arop countered with a jumper with 2:20 left to make it a three-point game, but
 the Aztecs scored the next four points to make it 57-50.
 Arop's  3-ball with  38 seconds  left barely  hit the  backboard, but  Mahurin
 cleaned up the miss and was fouled on the putback. He converted the free throw
 to make it 57-53 with just 35 ticks showing.
 The  Sycamores were  forced to  foul Thames,  who buried  the subsequent  free
 throws,  but  Indiana State's Jake  Odum came back  with a layup seven seconds
 later to make it 59-55.
 Franklin  then sunk a  pair from the line, and Arop came up short on a 3-point
 try with 16 seconds left.
 Tapley  split a pair  of free throws with nine seconds left to account for the
 final margin.
 The  teams  traded blows for  most of the  first half until Tapley's 3-pointer
 gave  SDSU a 20-13 advantage just past the midway point of the period. Indiana
 State, though, rallied back and pulled within 24-23 at the 3:18 mark.
 A  pair  of JJ O'Brien  buckets pushed the Aztecs'  cushion back to 28-23, but
 Dawon  Cummings added a  bucket for the Sycamores late in the frame to make it
 28-25 at the break.
                                   Game Notes
 This was SDSU's first win against Indiana State. The programs hadn't met since
 1967,  but the  Sycamores held a 3-0  lead in the all-time series entering the
 contest  ...  The Aztecs are of  to their second-best start in school history.
 They  won their first  20 games in 2010-11 ... Indiana State went 9-of-10 from
 the free throw line.
 12/24 01:28:10 ET

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