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Indiana State vs San Diego State

No. 18 San Diego St. edges Indiana State in Honolulu

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HONOLULU -- Chase Tapley thinks Indiana State gave No. 18 San Diego State its toughest test of the season.

Now he hopes it pushes the Aztecs forward as they look toward Mountain West play and a possible NCAA Tournament berth.

"We need games like that for later on," said Tapley, who scored 13 points as the Aztecs (11-1) beat Indiana State 62-55 despite poor free throw and 3-point shooting. "It gives us good experience."

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Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Diego State to the finals of the Diamond Head Classic tournament on Tuesday.

San Diego State pulled ahead for good during a seven-point run that included five straight points from Tapley. With less than five minutes to play, Tapley drove to the basket and was stopped by Jake Odum, who was called for a flagrant foul. Tapley made two free throws, and a quick 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, giving the Aztecs a 51-44 lead.

The Sycamores (6-4) got no closer than three points after that.

"Every trip down the floor seemed like a big possession," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "Both teams came up empty at times."

Franklin was one rebound shy of his career high, set last season against Colorado State. Xavier Thames had 12 points.

RJ Mahurin had 15 points, and Manny Arop added 13 for Indiana State.

"We knew it was going to be tough, and coming in we'd have to grind and grind and grind on them," Mahurin said.

Neither team established a clear advantage beyond a few key runs until San Diego State gained control late.

The Aztecs went on a 9-1 run midway through the first half to take a 20-13 lead with just under eight minutes left, capped by a three-pointer by Tapley. But the Sycamores pulled to within 28-25 at halftime.

Mahurin hit a 3-pointer from the right wing three minutes into the second half to give Indiana State a 32-31 lead.

The game had five ties and six lead changes.

"They made us guard for 35 seconds and make baskets as the shot clock was going out," Fisher said. "The shots that were falling like raindrops [Saturday] weren't going in."

After the game, Indiana State coach Greg Lansing was visibly upset as he looked at the box score while waiting for an interview with his team's radio broadcasters. He expressed disappointment with the Sycamores' seven assists compared with 17 turnovers.

San Diego State shot less than 24 percent (4 of 17) from 3-point range, and 64 percent (18 of 28) from the free throw line.

"We regained our composure, took a deep breath and allowed defense to create some offense and make free throws down the stretch after missing so many early on," Fisher said. "It wasn't the prettiest of games, but hard fought by both teams."

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DeShawn Stephens battles inside for San Diego State, which edges Indiana State at the Diamond Head Classic.  (AP)
DeShawn Stephens battles inside for San Diego State, which edges Indiana State at the Diamond Head Classic. (AP)
Scoreboard
Indiana State (6-4)253055
San Diego State #18 (11-1) «283462
INDST:R. Mahurin 15 Pts
INDST:J. Gant 6 Reb
INDST:J. Odum 4 Ast
SDGST:J. Franklin 19 Pts
SDGST:J. Franklin 15 Reb
SDGST:X. Thames 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Indiana StateSan Diego State
INDST
RJ Mahurin
SDGST
Jamaal Franklin
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
155019153
Indiana State Sycamores
J. Odum, G333-64-524410
M. Arop, F305-132-251413
J. Gant, C304-80-06139
R. Mahurin, F255-73-350415
D. Cummings, G211-50-01102
K. Smith, G302-50-06014
D. Brown, G120-10-00030
J. Kitchell, F80-20-01000
L. Eitel, G70-00-01020
B. Burnett, G41-10-00012
T. Bell, G-FDid Not Play
M. Samuels, CDid Not Play
R. Smith, FDid Not Play
Totals 21-489-102772255
 43.8%90.0% 
San Diego State Aztecs
J. Franklin, G365-99-11153319
C. Tapley, G334-103-522013
X. Thames, G324-93-413212
J. O'Brien, F254-70-03018
D. Stephens, F171-21-23003
S. Spencer, F181-20-25132
J. Rahon, G171-30-00043
W. Shepard, F140-52-40012
D. Polee II, F40-00-01010
J. Johnson, F40-10-00000
A. Quinn, GDid Not Play
L. Franklin, GDid Not Play
J. Castleberry, GDid Not Play
A. Douglas, GDid Not Play
N. Ebrahimian, GDid Not Play
R. Staten, GDid Not Play
M. Shrigley, FDid Not Play
Totals 20-4818-283091562
 41.7%64.3% 
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.8-018-212
N. Iowa7-118-222
Indiana St.6-210-10177
Evansville5-315-564
Illinois St.4-412-8113
Loyola-Chi.3-513-7105
So. Illinois2-69-12284
Missouri St.2-68-12205
Bradley2-67-14265
Drake1-74-16246

Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wyoming6-117-370
Colorado St.5-218-229
San Diego St5-215-524
Fresno St.5-29-10233
New Mexico5-313-791
Boise St.4-314-665
Utah St.4-311-8188
Nevada2-46-12310
UNLV2-511-9108
Air Force1-78-11285
San Jose St.0-72-17322
 
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