SDSU tops San Jose State 78-56 to clinch share of MWC title

Feb 21, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs forward Winston Shepard (13) dunks the basketball against the San Jose State Spartans in the second half at San Jose State Event Center. San Diego State Aztecs beat San Jose State Spartans 74 to 51.  

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Malik Pope scored 17 points with a career-high 11 rebounds and San Diego State defeated San Jose State 78-56 on Sunday to clinch at least a share of its 10th Mountain West Conference title.

Winston Shepard also scored 17 points in the victory that gave the Aztecs (20-7, 13-1) a school-record 11th consecutive 20-win season. Pope hit 3 of 4 3-point attempts and Trey Kell all four of his in scoring 15 points, with the Aztecs finishing 8 of 16, well about their season average of 29 percent from 3-point range. Jeremy Hemsley added 13 points.

Cody Schwartz had 12 points to lead the Spartans (8-19, 3-12), who shot 36 percent and were only 6 of 23 on 3-pointers.

The Aztecs led 33-29 at halftime and scored 16 straight points during a 23-2 run that broke the game open at 66-42 with 7:44 to go.