SAN DIEGO -- Xavier Thames had 15 points and San Diego State breezed to an easy victory on Friday night over UC Riverside 77-41.
The Aztecs pulled away with about nine minutes left in the first half for their 34th straight win over a California opponent.
SDSU led 38-13 at halftime as UCR shot 23 percent (6 of 26) from the floor.
Picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West with three new starters, the Aztecs face a much stiffer test on Thursday when playing No. 6 Arizona.
Taylor Johns paced UC Riverside with 14 points.
Four-star power forward Royce Hamm ended his recruitment on Friday with a commitment to head coach Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns after also considering Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Baylor and Houston among others.
Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes did his best Stone Cold Steve Austin impression and brought the pain to some fellow Badgers.
Avery Johnson's first season as a college coach was a success by most measures, and he'll aim to keep the Crimson Tide rolling in the right direction.