SAN DIEGO (AP) Jamaal Franklin had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Chase Tapley scored 16 points to lead No. 17 San Diego State to a 74-62 victory over Texas Southern on Monday night.
DeShawn Stephens added 13 points and Dwayne Polee had 10 for the Aztecs (6-1), who won their sixth straight game since losing the season opener to Syracuse on the flight deck of the USS Midway. In their previous two games, they beat Southern California 66-60 in Los Angeles and UCLA 78-69 in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, SDSU's first victory over the Bruins since 1940.
It was Franklin's fourth double-double this season. He made the Aztecs' final two baskets, including a reverse slam on an alley-oop, both passes from Tapley.
Texas Southern (1-7) was coming off an 85-80 double-overtime loss at then-No. 19 Colorado on Wednesday. Omar Strong, who scored a career-high 39 points against Colorado, including nine 3-pointers, had 15 points against the Aztecs. Fred Sturdivant added 14 points.
The Tigers trailed by 18 points at halftime but played closer in the second half.
San Diego State jumped to a 9-0 lead, with Tapley scoring five points. The Aztecs led 16-3 on James Rahon's 3-pointer before the Tigers made their first field goal of the game, by Aaron Clayborn, nearly 10 minutes in.
San Diego State led 34-16 at halftime. Texas Southern was just 5 for 27 (18.5 percent) from the field in the first half.
The Tigers went on a 9-0 run early in the second half, with Sturdivant scoring four points, to pull within 36-27.
Raymond Penn made a 3-pointer with 10:30 left to get the Tigers within 49-41. The Aztecs ran it back out to double digits, and went up 60-45 on a layup by Tapley with 7:09 to play.
Several college conferences across the country are preparing for the fall sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it will go to a “conference-only” model for all fall sports. The Pac-12 followed announcing football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will play only conference games. Earlier in the week, the Ivy League announced no sports would be played until January 1.
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More conferences are likely to follow shortly. But after fall sports, what will happen with winter sports and, specifically, with college basketball? Stadium basketball analyst Jeff Goodman conducted an interesting poll.
Of the 250 Division I head men’s basketball coaches (of a 353 total), 74% want a season with non-conference and conference play. Only 24% of coaches want to push the start of the season to January and play exclusively conference games.
One of the unique aspects of early-season college basketball is the non-conference matchups, sometimes in exotic locations. One of the most notable, the Maui Invitational, is planning to move forward as scheduled.
A handful of local teams are scheduled to travel to tournaments this November. Virginia and Georgetown will both head to Anaheim, Calif. for the Wooden Legacy. VCU is part of an eight-team field at the Charleston Classic and George Mason is reportedly traveling to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.
There is plenty to be sorted out before the start of the college basketball season but for now, we will take some optimism from the men on the sidelines.
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If you look closely in the comments you'll see the 23-year-old chime in with his thoughts.
"Not gone hold you. I can fw this," Haskins said.
In this setting, I can't specifically tell you what the acronym fw stands for (Urban dictionary it), but I can tell you it is used as a term of favoritism for said post.
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Moving past the QBs comments, the concept is extremely clean, maintains the burgandy and gold color scheme that so many fans yearn to maintain, and keeps the #HTTR hashtag intact (sort of).
While none of us actually know what the name may be, we do know which name some key players on the roster favor.
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