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Xavier Thames leads San Diego State in 77-41 blowout of UC Riverside

  • San Diego State guard D'Erryl Williams, center, has the ball knocked away on a drive to the basket by UC Riverside 's Steven Jones, second from front left, as Riverside's Taylor Johns helps out during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego State guard D'Erryl Williams, center, has the ball knocked away on a drive to the basket by UC Riverside 's Steven Jones, second from front left, as Riverside's Taylor Johns helps out during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • UC Riverside 's Taylor Johns blocks the dunk attempt of San Diego State's Skylar Spencer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball, game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    UC Riverside 's Taylor Johns blocks the dunk attempt of San Diego State's Skylar Spencer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball, game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego State forward Winston Shepard, right, shoots over the defense of UC Riverside forward Chris Patton while scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego State forward Winston Shepard, right, shoots over the defense of UC Riverside forward Chris Patton while scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

Xavier Thames had 15 points and San Diego State breezed to an easy victory on Friday night over UC Riverside 77-41.

The Aztecs pulled away with about nine minutes left in the first half for their 34th straight win over a California opponent.

The run included a 3-pointer by Thames, a blocked shot by Skylar Spencer and a driving layup by Winston Shepard. That provided a 17-7 edge and the rout was on.

SDSU led 38-13 at halftime as UCR shot 23 percent (6 of 26) from the floor.

Picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West with three new starters, the Aztecs face a much stiffer test on Thursday when playing No. 6 Arizona.

Taylor Johns paced UC Riverside with 14 points.