Franklin leads No. 24 SDSU to 74-66 win over CSU

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jamaal Franklin matched his career high with 31 points and added a career-high 16 rebounds for No. 24 San Diego State, which beat Colorado State 74-66 on Saturday night to pull into a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference with No. 18 New Mexico and No. 21 UNLV.

Franklin scored 13 of SDSU’s final 16 points in the last 4:25.

Xavier Thames scored all 15 of his points in the second half and James Rahon had 14 as the Aztecs (22-6, 8-4) picked up their intensity and avenged one of their more painful losses of the season. CSU routed SDSU by 17 points on Jan. 28, ending the Aztecs’ 11-game winning streak and beginning a stretch in which they lost four of six.

Franklin matched the 31 points he scored against UC Davis on Nov. 13. His previous rebounding high was 11, which he accomplished twice earlier this season.