FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Jamaal Franklin scored 20 points, including a highlight reel dunk, and had 18 rebounds to help No. 16 San Diego State beat Fresno State 65-62 on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener.
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.
Fresno State trailed by 10 in the second half before rallying to take a 62-61 lead with 2:45 left. The Aztecs (13-2, 1-0) hit two free throws to go back on top and then Franklin made two more with 18.1 seconds left to seal the win.
Kevin Foster scored 18 points and Kevin Olekaibe added 15 for Fresno State (6-8, 0-1), which has lost five straight to Division I opponents.
Trailing 47-37 with 13:14 left, Fresno State came back behind Olekaibe. His 3-pointer from the corner with 5:36 left cut the deficit to 58-56. He then made another 3 with 2:45 left to put the Bulldogs ahead, their first lead since midway through the first half.
After Franklin's two free throws, Marvelle Harris' potential tying 3-pointer glanced off the rim as the final buzzer sounded.
It was the first meeting between San Diego State and Fresno State as conference members since 1999, when both were in the Western Athletic
The Aztecs were without point guard Xavier Thames, who missed the game with a strained lower back. Shepard, a 6-foot-8 freshman, started in
San Diego State led 33-26 at halftime, closing the first half with a 9-3 run.