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No. 17/15 Men's Basketball Plays Host to UCSB Thursday

The Aztecs continue their homestand on Thursday vs. UC Santa Barbara.
The Aztecs continue their homestand on Thursday vs. UC Santa Barbara.

Dec. 5, 2012

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No. 17/15 San Diego State Continues Homestand; Looks to Extend Several Win Streaks Against Big West Member UC Santa Barbara

The Last Meeting
San Diego State76  
UC Santa Barbara75OT
November 26, 2011
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Overtime Thriller Ends with Aztecs Atop Gauchos 76-75
Xavier Thames racked up a double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, to help San Diego State take a 76-75 win in overtime against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

San Diego State concludes a stretch of three games in six days on Thursday night when the Aztecs play host to UC Santa Barbara.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT and the contest will be broadcast by Time Warner Cable SportsNet. The non-conference tilt can also be heard on radio on AM 600 KOGO and 101 KGB.

The Aztecs are looking to extend several significant winning streaks, including a six-game overall win streak (13th-longest active win streak nationally), a 26-game win streak vs. teams from California (longest active win streak in the nation) and a 19-game December win streak (third-longest nationally).

On Monday, San Diego State scored the first nine points of the game, built an 18-point advantage and cruised to a 74-62 victory over Texas Southern at Viejas Arena. Junior guard Jamaal Franklin became the fifth player in Division I this season to produce a game with at least 18 points, 15 rebounds and four assists when he tallied exactly those figures. Senior guard Chase Tapley added 16 points and a season-high tying five assists. Senior forward DeShawn Stephens scored a season-high 13 points and added five rebounds, while Dwayne Polee II added a season-high 10 points.

Once again, the Aztecs had a tremendous defensive effort, especially in the first 20 minutes of the game. SDSU limited Texas Southern to 38.7 percent from the field and used a 39-29 advantage on the glass. As of Wednesday, the Aztecs ranked 21st nationally in field-goal percentage defense (36.4) and 24th in points allowed (56.7).