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

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.