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.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.