SAN DIEGO (AP) Chase Tapley scored 15 points, including consecutive 3-pointers during a decisive 12-0 run, and Jamaal Franklin had 14 to lead No. 18 San Diego State to a 72-56 victory against crosstown rival San Diego on Saturday night.
The Aztecs (8-1) won their eighth straight game since losing the season-opener to No. 4 Syracuse. SDSU beat USD (6-6) for the seventh straight time, the longest streak in the rivalry. Overall, SDSU has won 10 of 11 against the Toreros.
DeShawn Stephens scored 11 points for SDSU, which had an eight-day layoff for finals.
USD's Ken Rancifer scored 16, while Chris Manresa and Chris Anderson had 11 each. Johnny Dee, who came in leading the Toreros with 15 points, was scoreless in the first half and finished with nine.
The Toreros stayed with SDSU for the opening 10 minutes, using a 6-0 run to lead 18-16.
The Aztecs then scored the next 12 points to take their first double-digit lead of the night at 28-18. JJ O'Brien and James Rahon hit jumpers and Stephens made a layup before Tapley hit his consecutive 3's.
USD closed the gap to 32-26 after Rancifer and Mike Davis made consecutive 3-pointers.
SDSU scored the final seven points of the half to take a 39-26 lead at the break. Franklin made two free throws, O'Brien a layup and Tapley was fouled while taking a 3-pointer and made all three free throws.
SDSU's biggest lead was 59-37 with 9:29 to play.
Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, while Lamar Jackson has arguably had the best season of any signal caller in football this season.
While Brady certainly isn't known for using his legs, the Patriots quarterback challenged the speedy Jackson to a race on Thursday--but with a catch. Jackson had to wear roller blades while they ran on grass.
But Jackson didn't count out the 42-year-old veteran, saying, "he could probably win that race."
Remember, folks. We're talking about this guy.
Roller-blades or not, our money is still on Jackson.
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As most people already know, Lamar "Action" Jackson is a humble guy. Despite his phenomenal season and the many records that he continues to break, he never boasts or brags about himself.
However, that's where Ravens running back Mark “Hype Man” Ingram II comes in.
Following the Ravens’ 42-21 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night, Fox reporter Erin Andrews allowed Ingram to interview Jackson and let’s just say it was hilarious.
“Man, you broke Mike Vick’s rushing record, you’re the AFC North Champions for the second year in a row, how it feel, tell me how it feel?” Ingram asked.
Jackson answered with an expected response, “It feel good but you know we have a lot of season left to play and we got two more banners to hang up.”
Other players in the league should most definitely take notes. Ingram was natural, he had big energy and good pacing.
He could possibly have another career as a reporter.
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