Spain scores 22 to help lift San Diego St over Portland, 78-64
Fresno, Calif. (AP)—Kyle Spain scored 22 points in a frontcourt battle and San Diego State pulled away in the second half to beat Portland 78-64 on Saturday at the World Vision Classic.
Spain, who added eight rebounds and hit 10 of 13 free throws, tied his career high in points and the Aztecs are now 18-2 when he scores in double digits.
San Diego State overcame strong frontcourt play by the Pilots to start the season 2-0. Portland forwards Robin Smeulders (16 points) and Sherrard Watson (19 points) led the Pilots in scoring.
The Pilots (0-2) were particularly effective on the offensive glass, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds and converting 15 second-chance points.
The Aztecs took a 31-30 lead on a Kelvin Davis three-pointer with more than three minutes to play in the first half and never trailed again, but the Pilots’ second-chance points helped keep the game close. Davis scored eight of the Aztecs’ final 12 points of the half as they took a 40-36 advantage.
This is the first time San Diego State has started the season 2-0 in consecutive seasons since the 1994-1995, 1995-1996 seasons. The Aztecs play Fresno State at 4 p.m. Sunday to close the three-day tournament.