Dec 7, 2012 1:51 AM by Andrew Masuda
Chase Tapley scored 23 points, including 12 straight during a pivotal second half run, and No. 17 San Diego State made 10 of its first 12 three-point attempts, en route to an 84-70 win over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night. The Aztecs finished the game at 11-of-17 from beyond the arc with Tapley making six.
The Gauchos (3-5) were led by Kyle Boswell who scored a career-high 23 points and had a career-high seven three-point baskets, in just 10 attempts. The seven three-pointers by Boswell were the most by a UCSB player since Mark Hull drained eight against Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and it gives him 11 in his last two games.
Alan Williams finished with 18 points and a team-high six rebounds before fouling out with 2:11 to play, while Taran Brown had 16 points, including four three-pointers of his own, before fouling out with 5:31 left. Also for the Gauchos, Nate Garth had a career-high nine assists.
The Aztecs (7-1), who will become a member of the Big West Conference in 2013-14, won for the 54th time in their last 58 home games despite allowing the Gauchos to score 70 points and shoot 47.4% overall, both opponent season highs. It also marked the first time this season that a SDSU opponent made above 40.0% from the field.
The Gauchos finished the game 12-for-29 from three-point range, 41.4%. The 12 threes were a season-high. After making 10 of their first 12, the Aztecs finished 11-for-17, 64.7%. UCSB also had 15 turnovers, leading directly to 25 SDSU points. The Gauchos had just four turnovers in the second half.
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