San Diego State carries a lengthy win streak into the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, and it's hoping Jamaal Franklin is healthy enough to help keep that going.
The 18th-ranked Aztecs' star player is dealing with an ailing back ahead of Saturday's tournament opener against San Francisco, which features one of the nation's best rebounders.
San Diego State has won nine in a row since a season-opening 62-49 loss to then-No. 9 Syracuse on Nov. 11, taking its past four games by an average of 17.2 points. The Aztecs had little trouble with visiting Point Loma Nazarene on Tuesday, shooting 54.9 percent in a 76-49 rout.
Xavier Thames led the way with 17 points and Chase Tapley contributed 15 as San Diego State earned its 29th consecutive win over an in-state opponent and 22nd in a row in December while Franklin, averaging team highs of 18.6 points and 9.7 rebounds, sat out.
Coach Steve Fisher said the Mountain West Conference preseason player of the year's back probl...