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Polee, O'Brien lead No. 13 San Diego State to 57-48 victory against San Diego

  • San Diego State guard Kevin Zabo is airborne while looking for someone to pass to as he drives the baseline against San Diego guard Marcus Harris in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game  Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego State guard Kevin Zabo is airborne while looking for someone to pass to as he drives the baseline against San Diego guard Marcus Harris in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego State coach Steve Fisher gives his opinion to a referee in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego State coach Steve Fisher gives his opinion to a referee in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego coach Bill Grier gets animated while shouting instructions to his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo /Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego coach Bill Grier gets animated while shouting instructions to his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo /Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

Dwayne Polee II scored 14 points and JJ O'Brien had 13 as No. 13 San Diego State beat San Diego 57-48 Thursday night, the Aztecs' ninth straight victory in the city rivalry.

The sloppy Aztecs (6-1), who had 15 turnovers and missed 14 of 27 free throw attempts, were playing their first game since a 61-59 loss to No. 3 Arizona in the championship game of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 26. The Aztecs were 1 of 9 from the line at one point.

SDSU led by 10 points less than five minutes in and kept a big enough cushion to keep USD from having a shot at an upset like last year, when Duda Sanadze's 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark, letting SDSU escape with a 65-64 victory.

Freshman guard Trey Kell had 10 points for SDSU.

Johnny Dee scored 16 points for USD (4-4). Christopher Anderson, who came in averaging 10.3 points, was held scoreless. He was 0 for 9 from the field, including six attempts from 3-point range.

SDSU led 31-19 at halftime and let the Toreros close to 38-35 on a slam dunk by Jito Kok and a free throw by Cameron Neubauer with 13:44 left, the closest USD had been since it was 17-10 halfway through the first half.

The Aztecs regained the momentum with a five-point swing. Kell made a jumper and was fouled. He missed the free throw but O'Brien rebounded and the Aztecs worked it around to Polee, whose 3-pointer made it 40-28 with 13:11 left.

The Toreros closed to 55-48 when Dee was fouled taking a 3-pointer and made all three free throws with 48.4 seconds remaining.

Polee made two free throws with 47.3 seconds left to seal it.

SDSU got 3-pointers from Polee and Kell in building leads of 8-0 and 13-3. USD's only basket in the first 3 1/2 minutes was a 3-pointer by Dee.

The Aztecs outrebounded USD 38-30, with Angelo Chol grabbing seven. Kok had 10 for the Toreros.

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TIP-INS

San Diego: Sanadze, USD's sixth man, didn't dress due to plantar fasciitis.

San Diego State: Coach Steve Fisher was recognized before the game for becoming the winningest coach in program history. The Aztecs' 74-57 victory against Pitt in the Maui semifinals was his 317th.

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San Diego plays at UCLA on Sunday.

San Diego State plays at Washington on Sunday.