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Boise State vs San Diego State

Aztecs break down Broncos, reach Mountain West semis

CBSSports.com wire reports

LAS VEGAS -- Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and eight rebounds as San Diego State held off Boise State for a 73-67 victory in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Xavier Thames scored 18 points and Chase Tapley 17 for the fourth-seeded Aztecs (22-9), who advanced to Friday's semifinals against No. 1 seed New Mexico.

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Anthony Drmic had 20 points and Derrick Marks 14 for the fifth-seeded Broncos (21-10), who figure to be sweating out NCAA tournament selection day on Sunday.

The Aztecs led for much of the game but were unable to put a knockout punch on Boise State, who erased a 13-point second half deficit while San Diego State went scoreless for 3:39. Two free throws by Drmic gave the Broncos their only lead, 50-49, but Franklin quickly responded with a pair from the line and led the Aztecs' charge down the stretch.

Franklin's thunderous transition dunk made the score 66-59 with 43 seconds remaining, as San Diego State did what few teams in the nation do better -- close out a game. The Aztecs have won 91 consecutive contests it led with five minutes remaining in regulation.

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Boise State Broncos
A. Drmic, F357-204-721420
R. Watkins, F153-41-36037
J. Elorriaga, G392-41-26326
D. Marks, G344-224-433414
I. Hadziomerovic, G171-32-23134
T. Bropleh243-50-04147
M. Thompson240-34-42134
K. Buckner122-21-23025
Totals 22-6317-2434102567
San Diego State Aztecs
J. O'Brien, F233-50-03056
D. Stephens, F150-12-22042
X. Thames, G374-99-1065218
C. Tapley, G347-120-063117
J. Franklin, G334-89-1084219
W. Shepard301-25-97027
J. Rahon180-40-00130
S. Spencer102-40-02024
Totals 21-4525-3137132173
Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Colorado St.0-05-011
Fresno St.0-04-013
Utah St.0-04-091
New Mexico0-04-117
San Diego St0-04-2188
Air Force0-03-2134
Boise St.0-03-3178
San Jose St.0-02-3299
Other games
SHU 63 Final
SYR 75
WYO 46 Final
RUT 61 Final
ND 69