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Tapley's 23 help carry No. 17 SDSU over UCSB

Friday - 12/7/2012, 12:07am  ET

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Chase Tapley scored 23 points, going 6 of 8 from behind the 3-point line, to lead five players in double figures and No. 17 San Diego State beat future conference rival UC Santa Barbara 84-70 on Thursday night, their seventh straight win.

Jamaal Franklin added 14 points, JJ O'Brien 12, Xavier Thames 11 and James Rahon 10 for the Aztecs (7-1), who join the Big West next season. It was their eighth straight victory over the Gauchos (3-5).

San Diego State hasn't lost since a 13-point defeat to No. 4 Syracuse in the season opener on the USS Midway.

The Aztecs made 11 of 17 3-pointers, a season-high 64.7 percent.

UCSB's Kyle Boswell made 7 of 10 3-pointers for a career-high 23 points. Alan Williams had 18 and Taran Brown 16 before they each fouled out late in the game.

The Gauchos' only lead was 5-4 after Brown made a 3-pointer 2 1/2 minutes in.

San Diego State then took control with a 14-0 run. JJ O'Brien scored six points and Tapley and Thames each hit a 3-pointer.

San Diego State led 46-29 at halftime. Tapley, Thames and Rahon all made two 3-pointers in the first half.

The Aztecs have won 27 straight games against teams from California.


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