San Diego St. 79, UC Riverside 45
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Kyle Spain tied his career high with 18 points and Brandon Heath added 13 as San Diego State continued its best start in 22 years with a 79-45 win over UC Riverside Tuesday night.
Spain hit all six field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, and was also 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
San Diego State (6-0) is off to its best start since the 1984 squad began the season with eight straight wins.
Henrik Thomsen led the Highlanders (3-3) with 13 points and Justin Bell had 12.
The Aztecs turned the game into a rout in the early minutes with 15 unanswered points. Thomsen hit a 3-pointer 15 seconds into the game to UC Riverside the lead. But San Diego State took control as Jerome Habel had a pair of 3-point plays and Spain made two baskets during the run.
The lead expanded to 26-8 with 11 minutes left in the half and San Diego State led 45-20 at halftime. The Aztecs shot 65.4 percent from the field and held a 20-9 rebound edge in the first 20 minutes.
Heath scored in double figures in his 31st straight game.
UC Riverside’s Benoit Bekono was taken off the court on a gurney with 1:25 left in the game after suffering a right knee injury.