Published December 06, 2012
SAN DIEGO – 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.