San Diego State sur­vives scare from Sy­camores

Un­ranked In­di­ana State fights but falls to the No. 18 Aztecs in Honolulu.

Austin American-Statesman - - BASKETBALL -

Chase Tap­ley be­lieves In­di­ana State gave No. 18 San Diego State its tough­est test of the sea­son.

Now he hopes it pushes the Aztecs for­ward as they look to­ward Moun­tain West play and a pos­si­ble NCAA Tour­na­ment berth.

“We need games like that for later on,” said Tap­ley, who scored 13 points as the Aztecs (11-1) beat In­di­ana State 62-55 on Sun­day in Honolulu. “It gives us good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ja­maal Franklin had 19 points and 15 re­bounds to lead San Diego State to the fi­nals of the Di­a­mond Head Clas­sic tour­na­ment on Tues­day.

The Aztecs pulled ahead for good dur­ing a seven-point run that in­cluded five straight points from Tap­ley. With less than five min­utes to play, Tap­ley drove to the bas­ket and was stopped by Jake Odum, who was called for a fla­grant foul. Tap­ley made two free throws, and a quick 3pointer on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, giv­ing the Aztecs a 51-44 lead.

The Sy­camores (6-4) got no closer than three points af­ter that.

R.J. Mahurin had 15 points, and Manny Arop added 13 for In­di­ana State.

Clem­son 77, South Carolina State 41: Mil­ton Jen­nings and Damar­cus Har­ri­son scored 15 points each as the host Tigers (7-4) beat the Bulldogs (49) for the 11th time in 12 games. Matthew Hezekiah scored 14 points off the bench to lead South Carolina State, which has lost six straight.

Mis­sis­sippi 85, San Fran­cisco 78: Murphy Hol­loway scored 23 points and grabbed 13 re­bounds to lead the Rebels (9-2) over the Dons (5-6) in a con­so­la­tion-round game of the Di­a­mond Head Clas­sic in Honolulu.

EU­GENE TAN­NER / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In­di­ana State’s R.J. Mahurin guards Deshawn Stephens on Sun­day.

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