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In opener, No. 19 San Diego State routs Cal State Fullerton

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Nov 7, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Matt Bradley (20) shoots the ball over Cal State Fullerton Titans guard Tory San Antonio (23) during the first half at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Darrion Trammell had 18 points and three steals to help No. 19 San Diego State to a 80-57 win against visiting Cal State Fullerton in the season opener for both teams on Monday night.

Lamont Butler had 11 points, six assists and four steals, Jaedon LeDee scored 11 off the bench, and Nathan Mensah finished with 10 points and six rebounds for San Diego State, which has won 16 straight season openers against unranked teams.

Vincent Lee scored 11 points to lead Cal State Fullerton, who returned four core players from a team that reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Jalen Harris scored 10 points and Latrell Wrightsell Jr. scored all eight of his points in the first half for the Titans.

The Titans trailed 32-25 at halftime and pulled within five twice early in the second half, but the Aztecs strung together a 13-0 run to take their biggest lead at 47-29 with 16:18 remaining.

Lee ended the run with two free throws, but San Diego State continued to pull away, moving ahead 56-32 on a 3-pointer by Micah Parrish with 13:17 remaining.

Trammell made a 3-pointer 13 seconds into the season and the Aztecs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead.

Parrish made two free throws with 12:09 left to make it 15-6.

Mensah made a jumper to give San Diego State its first double-digit lead at 19-8 with 9:38 left.

The Titans put together a 6-0 run to trim the deficit to 19-14, but Adam Seiko sank a 3-pointer for the Aztecs to end the brief run.

San Diego State extended the lead back to double digits once more in the first half on two free throws by Trammell that made it 30-20 with 1:18 left, and the Aztecs eventually took a 32-25 lead into the break.

San Diego State improved to 77-16 since the start of the 2019-20 season, third best behind Gonzaga (91-7) and Baylor (82-13).

–Field Level Media