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No. 25/25 SDSU Men's Hoops-USC Postgame Notes

San Diego State postgame notes.
San Diego State postgame notes.

Nov. 25, 2012

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Final Score: No. 25/25 San Diego State 66, USC 60
Next Game: Saturday, December 1 | vs. UCLA | Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) | 7 p.m. PT | ESPNU

Team Notes

• San Diego State wins its 25th straight vs. teams from California, which is the longest active streak nationally.
• The Aztecs' 25-game winning streak vs. California schools breaks a first-place tie with Gonzaga for the longest such streak since 1996-97.
• SDSU defeats a member of the Pac-12 Conference for the 10th consecutive outing. The win improves the third-longest active streak (Kansas - 16, Connecticut - 13).
• The Aztecs have won two straight vs. USC after posting one win the previous 11 meetings.
• The win is San Diego State's first over USC in Los Angeles in seven tries.
• SDSU won the non-conference road game without the services of all-conference senior guard Chase Tapley (knee)... The Aztecs were also without DeShawn Stephens for 35 of the 40 minutes after the senior forward suffered a hip pointer early in the game... Stephens returned for one minute in the first half after suffering the injury, was subbed out, and never returned.
• San Diego State won at Galen Center, which a place where USC has had success. In the history of the building, entering tonight, USC was 69-32 overall and 36-11 vs. non-conference foes.
• The Aztecs were 7-of-15 from three-point distance and have made 18 in the last two games (18-for-42)... In the previous three games, SDSU was 9-for-59 from behind the arc.

Player Notes

Jamaal Franklin (17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal)
• Shared game-high honors with 17 points with James Rahon... It was his fifth double-figure scoring performance of the season and 26th straight (35th career)... Was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line which is a season-best... Has led the team in scoring five times this season (21st career).

James Rahon (17 points, 2 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals)
• Registered a season-high 17 points and shared game-high honors with Jamaal Franklin... He was 3-for-3 from three-point distance after entering the game having made just 3-for-21 on the season... His double-figure scoring performance was his second of the season and 44th of his career... His blocked shot matched his career high... He tied his season high with a game-high two steals.

Skylar Spencer (2 points, 11 rebounds)
• Set a career high in rebounding for the third straight game... His 11 boards is six more than his previous career high... Played a career-high 30 minutes due to DeShawn Stephens' hip pointer suffered in the first half.

Xavier Thames (14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist)
• Logged his second double-figure scoring output of the season (19th career)... His 14 points were a season high... He made 3-of-6 from three-point distance after entering the game having made 2-of-14... His four field goals matched his season high and his three three-pointers set a new season best.

JJ O'Brien (12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal)
• Reached double figures in scoring for the first time as an Aztec (7th career) with a season-high 12 points... His six field goals made were a season high and one off his career best... His one blocked shot matched a season high and marked the fourth time he has accomplished the feat (four straight outings).