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SAN DIEGO – 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.