SAN DIEGO – 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.