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San Diego State edges UC Riverside, 58-53

Dec 30, 2009 - 5:21 AM SAN DIEGO(AP) -- Billy White scored 13 points as San Diego State held off UC Riverside 58-53 Tuesday night.

The Aztecs (10-3) have won seven of their last eight and hold an 8-0 all-time record against the Highlanders (6-6).

UC Riverside, which trailed by as many as 10 points early in the second half, closed to within 54-53 on a jump shot by Kyle Austin with 44 seconds left. Austin led the Highlanders with 19 points.

Kawhi Leonard, who scored the Aztecs' final six points, hit a pair of free throws to restore San Diego State's three-point lead.

Malcolm Thomas blocked Austin's 3-point attempt with 2.7 seconds left and Leonard made two more free throws.

White scored nine of his 13 points in the first half, including the final eight of the half as San Diego State went on a 10-1 run to move into a 29-20 lead.