POSTED: 04:47 p.m. HST, Dec 23, 2012
Jamaal Franklin had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 18 San Diego State held off Indiana State 62-55 today in the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu.
Chase Tapley scored 13 points and the Aztecs (11-1) won despite poor free-throw and 3-point shooting.
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 an excessive 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 behind after that.
RJ Mahurin had 15 points and Manny Arop had 13 for Indiana State.
Neither team established a clear advantage beyond a few key runs until San Diego State 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 from Tapley. But the Sycamores pulled to within three points at halftime, 28-25.
Mahurin hit a 3-pointer from the right wing three minutes into the second half to give Indiana State a one-point, 32-31 lead.
The game had five ties and six lead changes.
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.