SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chase Tapley scored 25 points, including two free throws with 8.6 seconds left, and San Diego State beat No. 24 California 64-63 on Sunday, the Aztecs' second win over the Golden Bears in as many seasons.
Tapley came up huge with his offense and defense down the stretch for the Aztecs (8-2), whose last six wins have been by four points or fewer.
Tapley had a rebound with 20 seconds left and fed Jamaal Franklin, who was fouled and made both shots for a 62-58 lead. Cal's Jorge Gutierrez made a layup with 9.2 seconds left before Tapley was fouled and hit both free throws to give the Aztecs a four-point lead. Allen Crabbe of the Bears (6-2) made a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds for the final margin.
The Aztecs made 9 of 10 free throws in the final 2:21. Tapley had 10 of SDSU's final 21 points.
San Diego State beat California 77-57 last season in Berkeley. This was San Diego State's second win over a Pac-12 team this season as the Aztecs beat then-No. 23 Arizona 61-57 at Tucson on Nov. 23.
The Aztecs were coming off an 85-83 home loss to Creighton on Wednesday night in which they blew an 18-point first-half lead.
Crabbe scored 23 points and Justin Cobbs had 17 for the Golden Bears.
Cal led only once in the second half, 51-50 after Crabbe's layup with 6:31 left.
On Cal's next possession, Tapley intercepted Cobb's alley-oop pass on a 3-on-1 break, then went down the court and made a layup for a 52-51 lead with 5:50 to go.
The Aztecs stayed in front the rest of the way.
Cobbs missed shots on consecutive possessions, including a coast-to-coast attempt when he fell to the court and remained there while Franklin got the rebound. Tapley finished that possession with a 17-foot jumper for a 55-51 lead with 4:20 left. Cobbs was hurt on the play and had to be helped to the bench.
Crabbe then hit a 3-pointer for Cal.
The Aztecs went on an 8-0 run to close the first half and take a 33-25 lead. James Rahon had consecutive jumpers before Tapley had a steal and a layup. Franklin made two free throws to finish he run.
Cal erased most of that deficit in the first two minutes of the second half when Gutierrez made a bank shot and Cobbs hit a 3-pointer.
After Cal tied it at 40 on David Kravish's jumper, Xavier Thames hit a 3-pointer for SDSU.
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