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HONOLULU (AP) — Zylan Cheatham had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead San Diego State over Southern Mississippi Thursday night in the Diamond Head Classic opening round.
Cheatham was 4 of 6 from the floor and made 8 of 9 free throws. Trey Kell added 11 points and five assists for the Aztecs (6-4), who have won two straight since snapping a three-game skid.
Raheem Watts had 14 points and Cortez Edwards added 13 for Southern Miss (3-7), which shot just 33 percent (19 of 57) from the field.
The Aztecs had a double-digit lead midway through the first half and led 36-20 at halftime. Southern Miss opened the second half on a 23-12 spurt, capped by Michael Ramey's 3-pointer, to pull to 48-43 with 12 minutes left but they didn't get closer.
San Diego State outrebounded Southern Miss 40-26.