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No. 19 San Diego State vs. Ball State final score: Winston Shepard scores 15, Aztecs win 70-57

It's the first time since the semifinals of the Maui Invitational that SDSU has scored more than 60 points in regulation.

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The San Diego State Aztecs (8-3) beat the Ball State Cardinals (3-6) tonight 70-57. This is the first game since the Aztecs beat Pittsburgh in Maui that the scarlet and black scored more than 60 points in regulation.

Mark your calendars, folks, because you may never read these words again: three Aztecs scored 10 or more points tonight. Winston Shepard led SDSU with 15 points and five assists on 5-11 shooting, J.J. O'Brien netted 13 points on 6-9 shooting while grabbing six boards, and Skylar Spencer scored 10 points and recorded six rebounds. But get this -- Spencer, who entered tonight shooting 42 percent from the line, drained all six of his free throws.

While SDSU's victory was never in doubt, the Cardinals were able to stick around for a large chunk of the first half due to SDSU's 11 first-half turnovers. But Steve Fisher must've said something that clicked at halftime, because his squad only committed four turnovers in the second half.

There was a scary moment tonight for Aztec fans. Aqeel Quinn fell hard on his hip midway through the second half when he got fouled driving to the basket. The grimacing senior screamed while the trainer and Fisher knelt beside him in the eerily quiet Viejas Arena.

Luckily for SDSU fans, Quinn was diagnosed with a hip pointer, a not serious -- albeit quite painful -- injury. Quinn was taken to the locker room, but he quickly returned. He spoke with Fisher and then watched the rest of the game from behind the bench. He cheered his team on while standing, presumably because sitting would be quite painful with the hip pointer.

Dwayne Polee II continues his struggles this season, as he scored just two points on 0-5 shooting and 2-6 from the line. On several occasions, Polee gave himself great looks at the basket, but the basketball gods just aren't with him yet.

D'Erryl Williams played some solid minutes as the first point guard off the bench, scoring a career-high six points on 2-2 shooting.

Ball State guard Jeremie Tyler led all scorers with 17 points on 6-10 shooting. The Cardinals killed any chance of an upset with their 22 turnovers. They also only shot 29 percent from 3-point range; they entered tonight 26th in the nation with a 40.6-percent clip from long range.

SDSU next hosts the UC Riverside Highlanders (6-4) Monday at 8 p.m. PT.

Ball State next hosts the Longwood Lancers (4-8) on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. PT.