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

play.

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

overcome.

”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.”