USD folds after opening 10 minutes vs. No. 18 SDSU

The San Diego Toreros stayed with No. 18 San Diego State for the
first 10 minutes. They even had an 18-16 lead.

The problem, of course, was that there were still 30 minutes to

Chase Tapley scored 15 points, including consecutive 3-pointers
during a decisive 12-0 run, and Jamaal Franklin had 14 to lead San
Diego State to a 72-56 victory against the crosstown rival Toreros
on Saturday night.

The Aztecs (8-1) won their eighth straight game since losing the
season opener to No. 4 Syracuse. SDSU beat USD (6-6) for the
seventh straight time, the longest streak in the rivalry. Overall,
SDSU has won 10 of 11 against the Toreros.

DeShawn Stephens scored 11 points for SDSU, which had an
eight-day layoff for finals.

USD’s Ken Rancifer scored 16, while Chris Manresa and Chris
Anderson had 11 each. Johnny Dee, who came in leading the Toreros
with 15 points per game, was scoreless in the first half and
finished with nine.

The Toreros stayed with SDSU for the opening 10 minutes, using a
6-0 run to lead 18-16.

The Aztecs then scored the next 12 points to take their first
double-digit lead of the night at 28-18. JJ O’Brien and James Rahon
hit jumpers and Stephens made a layup before Tapley hit his
consecutive 3s.

”I was really pleased with how we started the first 10
minutes,” USD coach Bill Grier said. ”It’s just after that, we
kind of got away from everything that we need to do and played into
their hands. They had a lot to do with that.

”We had decent control of it. But then, they ratcheted up their
defense and we went about three or four trips where we couldn’t
score. From that point on, we were frustrated. I felt we really
tried to force the issue. We took too quick of shots and tried to
force plays that led to turnovers.”

USD closed the gap to 32-26 after Rancifer and Mike Davis made
consecutive 3-pointers.

SDSU scored the final seven points of the half to take a 39-26
lead at the break. Franklin made two free throws, O’Brien a layup
and Tapley was fouled while taking a 3-pointer and made all three
free throws.

SDSU’s biggest lead was 59-37 with 9:29 to play.

”They just compete on every possession,” Rancifer said of the
Aztecs. ”I just felt like we needed to cope with it better.”

Grier said SDSU’s height and tough defense were too much to

”I think one of the reasons they are so good is they can turn a
turnover or a quick long rebound into instant offense,” he said.
”They get out and up and you’re taking the ball out of the net at
the other end.”