No. 25/25 SDSU Men's Hoops-USC Postgame Notes
Nov. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
Next Game: Saturday, December 1 | vs. UCLA | Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) | 7 p.m. PT | ESPNU
San Diego State wins its 25th straight vs. teams from California, which is the longest active streak nationally.
The Aztecs' 25-game winning streak vs. California schools breaks a first-place tie with Gonzaga for the longest such streak since 1996-97.
SDSU defeats a member of the Pac-12 Conference for the 10th consecutive outing. The win improves the third-longest active streak (Kansas - 16, Connecticut - 13).
The Aztecs have won two straight vs. USC after posting one win the previous 11 meetings.
The win is San Diego State's first over USC in Los Angeles in seven tries.
SDSU won the non-conference road game without the services of all-conference senior guard Chase Tapley (knee)... The Aztecs were also without DeShawn Stephens for 35 of the 40 minutes after the senior forward suffered a hip pointer early in the game... Stephens returned for one minute in the first half after suffering the injury, was subbed out, and never returned.
San Diego State won at Galen Center, which a place where USC has had success. In the history of the building, entering tonight, USC was 69-32 overall and 36-11 vs. non-conference foes.
The Aztecs were 7-of-15 from three-point distance and have made 18 in the last two games (18-for-42)... In the previous three games, SDSU was 9-for-59 from behind the arc.
Jamaal Franklin (17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal)
Shared game-high honors with 17 points with James Rahon... It was his fifth double-figure scoring performance of the season and 26th straight (35th career)... Was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line which is a season-best... Has led the team in scoring five times this season (21st career).
James Rahon (17 points, 2 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals)
Registered a season-high 17 points and shared game-high honors with Jamaal Franklin... He was 3-for-3 from three-point distance after entering the game having made just 3-for-21 on the season... His double-figure scoring performance was his second of the season and 44th of his career... His blocked shot matched his career high... He tied his season high with a game-high two steals.
Skylar Spencer (2 points, 11 rebounds)
Set a career high in rebounding for the third straight game... His 11 boards is six more than his previous career high... Played a career-high 30 minutes due to DeShawn Stephens' hip pointer suffered in the first half.
Xavier Thames (14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist)
Logged his second double-figure scoring output of the season (19th career)... His 14 points were a season high... He made 3-of-6 from three-point distance after entering the game having made 2-of-14... His four field goals matched his season high and his three three-pointers set a new season best.
JJ O'Brien (12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal)
Reached double figures in scoring for the first time as an Aztec (7th career) with a season-high 12 points... His six field goals made were a season high and one off his career best... His one blocked shot matched a season high and marked the fourth time he has accomplished the feat (four straight outings).