No. 20 Men's Hoops-No. 9 Syracuse Postgame Notes

Nov. 11, 2012

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No. 9 Syracuse-No. 20 San Diego State Postgame NotesGet Acrobat Reader

Final Score: No. 9 Syracuse 62, No. 20 San Diego State 49
Next Game: Tuesday, November 13 | vs. San Diego Christian | Viejas Arena | 7 p.m. PT | FOX Sports San Diego

Team Notes

• The Aztecs opened the season with Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames, JJ O'Brien and DeShawn Stephens in the starting lineup.

• San Diego State had 14 steals this afternoon, which is a total that eclipsed the Aztecs' season-high from a year ago (12).

• SDSU had four players (JJ O'Brien, Skylar Spencer, Dwayne Polee II, Winston Shepard) make their debut for the Scarlet and Black.

Player Notes

Jamaal Franklin (11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals)
• Shared team-high honors with his eight rebounds (Chase Tapley)... Led the team in scoring for the 17th time of his career... Reached double figures in scoring for the 31st time of his career... Led the team in rebounding for the 19th time of his career... His three steals were the second most on the team.

JJ O'Brien (9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals)
• Matched his career high with two steals... Played 31 minutes in his debut for the Aztecs... Earned his first starting assignment since the 2010-11 campaign... Has started 21 consecutive games dating back to his days at Utah.

Chase Tapley (8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals)
• Shared team-high honors in rebounding with eight (Jamaal Franklin)... Tied Xavier Thames for team-high honors with three assists... Made his 44th consecutive start... Started his third straight season-opening game.

James Rahon (9 points)
• Came off the bench to score nine points in 16 minutes... Was 4-for-8 from the field, which was the best shooting effort of the night for SDSU... Made the Aztecs' lone three-point attempt.

Winston Shepard (4 points, 7 rebounds)
• Played 21 minutes off the bench, which was the most of all Aztec reserves... Grabbed seven rebounds, which was the second most on the team, tying JJ O'Brien.