Boise State vs San Diego State

Aztecs break down Broncos, reach Mountain West semis

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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 (21-10)264167
San Diego State (22-9) «334073

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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
 34.9%70.8% 
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
 46.7%80.6% 
Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Nevada0-05-07
UNLV0-04-0100
Wyoming0-04-08
Boise St.0-04-1142
Air Force0-03-1279
San Diego St0-03-1175
Colorado St.0-02-2230
Fresno St.0-02-2194
New Mexico0-02-2330
Utah St.0-02-3179
San Jose St.0-01-3272
 
Other games
SETON 63 Final
SYR 75
WYO 46 Final
NMEX 59
RUT 61 Final
ND 69