San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas, right, guards UC Santa Barbara's Jaime Serna in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in San Diego, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and keyed a 17-1 run at the end of the first half that carried the undefeated No. 11 San Diego State Aztecs to a 90-64 win against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.
The Aztecs, making a push for their first-ever top 10 ranking, improved to 12-0 for the first time in school history. Their winning streak is second to Duke's 20-game streak, and they are one of nine undefeated teams left in the country.
SDSU's Kawhi Leonard and Chase Tapley, sidelined by the flu for a 51-45 win against Cal Poly on Monday night, returned and were among six Aztecs in double figures. Leonard scored 13, Tapley and D.J. Gay 12 apiece, and Billy White and Brian Carlwell 11 apiece.
UCSB (5-4), coming off a 68-62 win at No. 22 UNLV on Wednesday night, scored only one point in the final 5:04 of the first half. Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored 15 apiece for the Gauchos.