AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jamaal Franklin had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Chase Tapley scored 14 points to lead No. 19 San Diego State to a 72-57 victory against Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday night in its final tuneup before opening Mountain West Conference play.
Freshman Winston Shepard added 11 points for the Aztecs (12-2), who were playing for the first time since losing 68-67 to No. 3 Arizona in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Christmas night.
The Aztecs, who have been regular-season co-champions of the MWC the last two years and made three straight NCAA tournament appearances, visit Fresno State next Wednesday night in the conference opener.
Stephon Carter scored 21 points and Corey Hall added a career-high 14 for the Roadrunners (6-11), who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
SDSU was the third MWC team to beat Bakersfield this season, joining Wyoming and Colorado State.
San Diego State had no trouble against the Roadrunners, who never led.
Xavier Thames, Tapley and Jamaal Franklin all made a 3-pointer and freshman Skylar Spencer had a slam dunk to help the Aztecs to an 18-9 lead 8 minutes in.
San Diego State scored the final seven points of the half, including a 3-pointer by Tapley at the buzzer, to take a 37-20 lead.
Thames went out with a lower back strain early in the second half and didn't return.
It was SDSU's 31st straight victory against teams from California.
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