<
>

San Diego State 66, UC Santa Barbara 54

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Freshman Kyle Spain had a career-high 17 points
and seven rebounds to lead San Diego State past UC Santa Barbara
66-54 Saturday night.

The win was marred by the loss of the Aztecs' leading scorer and
rebounder Marcus Slaughter, who sprained his left knee and was
helped to the locker room with 12:12 to play in the first half.

Spain went 8-for-10 from the floor to help San Diego State (5-4)
stop a two-game losing streak. His steal and dunk halfway through
the second half sparked a 15-5 run after the Gauchos had pulled to
within a point 44-43 with 10:40 to play.

Brandon Heath scored 15 points while Mohamed Camara added 10 for
the Aztecs.

Slaughter, a 6-9 junior averaging 16.9 points and 11.1 rebounds
per game, will be re-evaluated on Sunday, team officials said.

Cecil Brown led UC Santa Barbara (3-4) with 12 points while
Derek Rasp had 11. The Gauchos never led.

San Diego State's Trimaine Davis, who had missed the last four
games following knee surgery, hit three of his four shots and came
up with three rebounds in 25 minutes of play.