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No. 18/15 #AztecMBB Heads to Diamond Head Classic

The Aztecs head to Hawaii where they will face San Francisco on Saturday.
The Aztecs head to Hawaii where they will face San Francisco on Saturday.

Dec. 19, 2012

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No. 18/15 San Diego State Takes Nine-Game Winning Streak to Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic; Faces San Francisco on Saturday

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Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to keep No. 7 San Diego State's winning streak alive and beat San Francisco 62-56 on Tuesday night.

San Diego State will take its nine-game winning streak across the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic where it will face San Francisco on Saturday.

Game time is set for 1 p.m. HT/3 p.m. PT and the contest will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU. 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 an nine-game overall win streak (T-7th-longest active win streak nationally through Dec. 18), a 29-game win streak vs. teams from California (longest active win streak in the nation) and a 22-game December win streak (third-longest nationally).

SDSU is fresh off a 76-49 victory over Point Loma Nazarene on Tuesday despite not having the services of All-America candidate and preseason Mountain West Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin, who was held out for precautionary reasons due to a back injury. Even without their leading scorer and rebounder, the Aztecs shot 54.9 percent for the game, while holding the Sea Lions to 36.7-percent from the field, including 30.4 percent in the second half. Xavier Thames led all players with 17 points, while his childhood friend, Chase Tapley, poured in 15. Between the two of them, they went 5-for-7 from three-point distance. The game was also the first for Virginia transfer James Johnson, who sat out the second half of last year and the first nine games of 2012-13. The 6-9 forward finished with a career-high-tying six points in 12 minutes.