San Diego State coach Steve Fisher warned his players that Mountain West Conference games would be more intense than anything they experienced during nonleague play.
If the No. 16 Aztecs weren't listening, they are now.
Jamaal Franklin scored 20 points, including a highlight reel dunk, and had a career-high 18 rebounds to help San Diego State edge Fresno State 65-62 on Wednesday night in the MWC opener for both teams.
''Even though we didn't win by as much as we want to win for us to come into a hostile place without our starting point guard and still come out with a win, you've got to be proud of that,'' said Frankin, the conference preseason MVP.
Franklin had the play of the night when he threw the ball off the backboard during a fast break, caught it in midair and dunked between two Bulldogs defenders.
''That was just me being myself. A lot of players won't do that, but I'm real thankful my teammates have confidence in me,'' Franklin said.
Fresno State trailed by 10 in the ...