Thames leads No. 24 SDSU over S. Utah, 76-39

  • Article by: BERNIE WILSON
  • Associated Press
  • December 18, 2013 - 11:15 PM

SAN DIEGO — Xavier Thames scored 16 points and Josh Davis had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 24 San Diego State to a 76-39 laugher over Southern Utah on Wednesday night.

Aqeel Quinn added 14 points for the Aztecs (8-1), who had been off for nine days for finals.

Trey Kennedy had 10 points for Southern Utah (1-7).

SDSU sophomore forward Winston Shepard didn't suit up due to unspecified conduct issues. Shepard was suspended for three games last season by the NCAA for violating an unspecified rule.

SDSU raced to leads of 21-2 and 37-4. It was 41-11 at halftime.

The Thunderbirds had two shot-clock violations and a handful of air balls in the first half.

Late in the first half, SDSU's student section, "The Show," duped Kennedy into thinking the shot clock was winding down and he launched a 3-pointer with about 16 seconds still on the clock. He was fouled by Skylar Spencer and made all three free throws to make it 39-9.

The student section also chanted "single digits" before Southern Utah's Juwan Major hit a jumper in the final seconds of the first half to pull to 40-11.

Southern Utah's 11 points in the first half were the second-fewest allowed in a Division I game this season and the fewest allowed in any half by SDSU since 1996-97.

The Aztecs were missing Dwayne Polee, who was ill.

Despite facing an outmanned opponent, the Aztecs still had some rough stretches and made only 11 of 28 free throws.

Southern Utah will play at the University of San Diego on Saturday and then take a break until opening Big Sky play at North Dakota on Jan. 2.

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