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No. 16/15 #AztecMBB-Fresno State postgame notes


Jan. 10, 2013

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SDSU Postgame Notes at Fresno StateGet Acrobat Reader

San Diego State Postgame Notes - Final Edition

Final Score: No. 16/15 San Diego State 65, Fresno State 62
Records: San Diego State 13-2 overall; 1-0 MW; Fresno State: 6-8, 0-1 MW Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 12 | vs. Colorado State | Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl | 5 p.m. PT | NBC Sports Network

Big Notes

  • San Diego State wins its 32nd straight vs. teams from the state of California. That is the longest active streak in the nation and according to STATS, Inc., is tied for the longest active streak by any college team vs. any college team since the 1996-97 campaign (tied with Connecticut vs. teams from Connecticut and Syracuse vs. teams from New York).
  • San Diego State wins its Mountain West Conference record sixth consecutive league opener.
  • SDSU improves to 13-2, which equals the second-best start in the school's Division I history.
  • Junior Jamaal Franklin recorded his 20th career double-double with 20 points, career-high 18 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.
  • In his first career start freshman Winston Shepard scored four points, tied a career-high with seven rebounds and added a career-high seven assists.
  • Senior James Rahon surpassed 1,000 points for his career with 16 points on the strength of four three-point field goals.

    Team Notes

  • San Diego State started its fourth different starting lineup of the season tonight.
  • San Diego State wins its fifth straight Mountain West Conference game dating back to last season. That is tied for the ninth longest conference win streak in school history.
  • San Diego State improves to 3-0 in road games this season and wins its fifth straight road game.
  • San Diego State defeats Fresno State for a fifth straight time and defeats the Bulldogs for the third straight time in Fresno.
  • San Diego State has won 83 straight games when leading with five minutes to play.
  • San Diego State has won 25 straight games when leading at the half.
  • For the 11th time in 15 games this season, the Aztecs held its opponent to a field goal percentage of 40 percent or less. The Aztecs are 10-1 in those games.
  • The three-point margin of victory is the smallest for San Diego State this season. The previous smallest margin of victory was six points.

    Player Notes

    Jamaal Franklin - 20 points, career-high 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, tied career-high 3 blocked shots
    The junior posts his seventh double-double of the season and the 20th of his career... The 20 career double-doubles rank fifth in school history... Posted a career-high 18 rebounds, eclipsing his previous best of 16 against Colorado State on Feb. 25, 2012... He has seven double-figure rebound games this season and 20 in his career... Franklin posted his fourth 20-point effort of the season and the 13th of his career... He reached double figures for the 13th time this season and the 43rd time in his career... He has 30 rebounds in his last two games (15.0 rpg) and 53 rebounds in his last four games (13.3 rpg)... Led the team in scoring for the 10th time this season and 27th time in his career and he led the squad in rebounding for the 12th time this season and the 29th time in his career... Tied a career-high with three blocked shots... Has 15 assists in his last three games (5.0 apg).

    James Rahon - 16 points, 4-8 3FGs, 2 rebounds
    Eclipsed 1,000 points for his career by scoring 16 against Fresno State (now has 1,001 career points)... Connected on 4-of-8 three-point field goal attempts... That equals the total number of treys he had in the previous six games combined... Since 2010-11, the Aztecs are 14-0 when he makes multiple three-point field goals in a game... Had his fourth double-digit scoring game of the season and the 46th of his career... Has 112 three-point field goals in his San Diego State career (tied for 9th place with Richie Williams)... 11 of his 16 points came after intermission.

    Winston Shepard - 4 points, tied career-high 7 rebounds, career-high 7 assists, career-high 2 blocked shots, career-high 34 minutes
    Makes his first career start in his 13th career game and San Diego State's 15th game of the season... He became the first Aztec freshman to start a game since LaBradford Franklin got the nod on Dec. 13, 2010, against Cal Poly... Tied a career-high with seven rebounds (also vs. Syracuse) and had a career-high seven assists... The seven assists are the most by an Aztec player this season... Has three or more assists in three consecutive games for the first time in his career... Career-high two blocked shots, entered the game with three total blocked shots.

    DeShawn Stephens - 13 points, 5 rebounds, tied career-high 2 steals
    Reached double figures for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in his career... The Aztecs are 10-0 when he reaches double figures... Has six double-figure scoring games in his last 12 outings after posting four in his first 37 games... For the 37th time in his two-year career, he shot 50 percent or better from the field (6-of-9)... The 13 points tied a season best (vs. San Diego Christian, Jan. 6, 2012)... Tied a career-high with two steals.

    Xavier Thames
    On his 22nd birthday, Thames was unable to play tonight due to a lower back strain... Thames team-high streak of consecutive starts is snapped at 32 games... Tonight marked the first game San Diego State played without Thames in the starting lineup Jan. 5, 2012, when he sat out a non-conference game against San Diego Christian due to injury.