User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

San Diego State beats Missouri State, 60-44

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Asked what it took to turn the tide, San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin, clenched his left fist and then thumped his chest.

``Heart. We've got a lot of heart. We do what it takes to win,'' Franklin said Saturday after the No. 23-ranked Aztecs beat Missouri State 60-44 Saturday for a nonconference victory that coach Steve Fisher likened to the tough-as-nails road showdowns in the Mountain West.

Franklin scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half to put No. 23 San Diego State up early, and James Rahon hit a key 3-pointer late.

``This was the kind of game we thought we were going to have in terms of how hard we would be played. They were physical and knocked us back early on,'' San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said.

Fisher later added this, ``I thought our half-court defense kept them from getting good, clean looks and allowed us to win the game.''

The Aztecs, playing the equivalent of a noon game on the West Coast time, appeared groggy much of the first half and then found themselves engaged in a defensive battle usually seen in the Bears' mid-major Missouri Valley Conference.

The Aztecs led 39-30 midway through the second half before the Bears rallied. Missouri State (1-1) pulled within 41-37 on Anthony Downing's basket with 7:13 left.

But the Aztecs pulled away thanks to 3-pointers on consecutive possessions from Rahon and Chase Tapley.

It was the second consecutive victory for San Diego State since the Aztecs lost the season opener against Syracuse.

Franklin finished with a double-double with 10 rebounds.

Missouri State was led by Downing's 16 points. Keith Pickens, who missed the season opener to rest injured knees, had nine points and six rebounds.

San Diego State's athleticism and length won out over Missouri State, which lacks a true post presence. The Aztecs dominated in rebounds, 52-34, and frustrated Missouri State into shooting 28.1 percent (16 of 57) for the game.

The 16-point margin was the most by a visitor in JQH Arena, which opened in November 2008.

``We knew they were going to come in here and give us a battle. I felt like our freshmen, I think they all battled and we played our hearts out. We just came up short,'' Downing said. ``If we would have rebounded, it would have been a different outcome than what it was.''

The Aztecs outrebounded the Bears 52-34.

Missouri State is in a rebuilding mode just two years after winning the MVC regular-season title, led by then-conference player of the year Kyle Weems, who graduated last season.

Drew Wilson led Missouri State with nine rebounds, and Dorrian Williams scored eight points for the Bears.

``I thought it really affected us in the first half when Pickens and Christian were out for an indefinite amount of time,'' Missouri State coach Paul Lusk said. ``We hung in there. But that's our best defensive unit. And then our lack of experience showed at times.''

San Diego State plays host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday before back-to-back games against Southern Cal and UCLA.

``I told our team, `This is going to be like a road game in the league, this is going to be a Mountain West Conference road game, and you know what those are like,''' Fisher said. ``And it was.''

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

News: Challenge Props posted
Firm hired to review escort allegations
Basketball player sues Ohio college
Bryant asst. first openly gay D-I coach
Cal players come together through chats
Iowa looking for Uthoff to become a star
Freshmen expected to contribute at PSU
NIT selection committee restructured
Pressure is on Steve Prohm at Iowa State
Why Buy Picks From
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records Gold Membership
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 927
Chip Chirimbes + 865
Brian Edwards + 764
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Chip Chirimbes 54 %
Scott Pritchard 54 %
Stephen Nover 53 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 1337
Brian Edwards + 1195
John Fisher + 994
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 792
Antony Dinero + 700
Andy Iskoe + 654
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The SportsBoss + 612
Joe Williams + 248
Jim Feist + 183
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership