SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jamaal Franklin had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Chase Tapley added 15 points to lead No. 25 San Diego State to a 79-43 victory against cold-shooting Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night.
Freshman Skylar Spencer had 12 points while DeShawn Stephens added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Aztecs (3-1), whose schedule gets tougher. They play at Southern California on Sunday night and then face No. 11 UCLA for the first time since 1991, in the Wooden Classic at Anaheim on Dec. 1.
This was the fourth of 11 straight away games for the Golden Lions (1-3) to start the season. They don’t play a home game until January, when they start conference play.
San Diego State led 36-14 at halftime. It was the fewest points the Aztecs allowed in the opening 20 minutes since holding Wyoming to 13 on Jan. 19, 2008.
The Golden Lions was only 6 of 26 7/8(23.1 percent) in the first half and 18 of 54 (33.3 percent) overall.
San Diego State had an off-night, too, shooting 13 of 36 (36.1 percent) in the first half and 27 of 65 (41.5 percent) overall.
Davon Haynes had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Lions and Mitchell Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams were cold early and the game was tied 6-6 not quite eight minutes in.
San Diego State began pulling away behind 3-point shots from Tapley and Franklin and an inside shot by transfer Dwayne Polee. Xavier Thames extended the run to 9-0 with a free throw that made it 15-6.
After the Golden Lions pulled to 15-10, San Diego State went on a 16-0 run that put it away at 31-12.
Tapley had two 3-poiners, LaBradford Franklin had another and DeShawn Stephens had an alley-oop slam off a pass from Franklin.
The game marked the end of a three-game NCAA suspension for SDSU freshman Winston Shepard for violating preferential treatment legislation.