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MWC Tournament 2013: San Diego State pulls away from Boise State late, 71-64

The Aztecs played Wednesday night like they did all year, sporadic.

After San Diego State went up 13 with 12 minutes left in the second half, the Boise State Broncos responded with a 14-0 run to take a 50-49 lead. However, this would be the only lead the Broncos would have all game.

The Aztecs finished the last eight minutes going 14-of-15 from the charity stripe pulling away down the stretch. The Aztecs shot 46.7 percent from the field, while also going 80.6 percent from the free throw line.

Jamaal Franklin led the way for San Diego State scoring 19 points and adding eight rebounds. Chase Tapley finally bounced back from his slump scoring 17 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field. But the best performance of the night has to go to Xavier Thames, who came up big when the Aztecs needed him, scoring 18 points, adding six rebounds and five assists.

San Diego State held the Broncos’ two top scorers Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks to a combined 11-of-42 shooting according to ESPN.com.  While this was a great win for San Diego State, they quickly have to prepare for Friday’s matchup against the 15th-ranked New Mexico Lobos.

The Aztecs split the season series with the Lobos, both teams winning on their home court. This should be a very intriguing game for any basketball fan as these teams are two of the most exciting to watch in college basketball today.

If the Aztecs can keep their free throw percentage high as well as their three point shots, then they will have a good chance to win. The winner of this matchup will face the winner of UNLV vs. Colorado State. At this point, it is anyone’s tournament. This is the Aztecs’ chance to slyly take the Mountain West Conference Tournament and surprise everybody.  

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.