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No. 13/11 #AztecMBB-N. Dakota St. Postgame Notes

Dwayne Polee II had his fourth straight double-digit scoring game.
Dwayne Polee II had his fourth straight double-digit scoring game.

March 22, 2014

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Score: No. 13/11 (4) San Diego State 63, (12) North Dakota State 44
Records: San Diego State 31-4, North Dakota State 26-7
Next Game: Thursday, March 27 | vs. TBD (Honda Center; Anaheim, Calif.) | TBD

Top Notes
• The Aztecs' 19-point margin of victory was its largest in an NCAA tournament (previous was 18 vs. Northern Colorado in 2011).
• SDSU reaches the Sweet 16 for the second time in the last four seasons and for the first time since 2010-11.
• San Diego State wins its fifth NCAA tournament game in school history (5-9).
• The Aztecs were 0-6 in the NCAA tournament in their first 40 years at the Division I level, but have rebounded to post a 5-3 record since 2011.
• San Diego State improves on its second-highest win total in school history with victory No. 31. The program record is 34 wins in 2010-11.
Steve Fisher improves to 25-12 all-time in NCAA tournament action.
• At SDSU, Fisher is 5-6 in the NCAA tournament. Prior to his arrival, San Diego State was 0-3 at the NCAA tournament in 29 seasons at the Division I level.
• SDSU is 8-1 in its last nine games with seven of those contests coming at road/neutral venues (6-1 in those games).
• San Diego State improves to 16-3 in road/neutral games this season.
• The Aztecs have won seven straight games vs. unranked teams with six of those decisions occurring away from campus.
• San Diego State won its 120th straight game when leading with five minutes left in the game.
• SDSU held North Dakota State to 44 points, its lowest total of the year, lowest since scoring 36 vs. Western Illinois on Feb. 14, 2013 and third-lowest total since at least 2005.
• San Diego State held the Bison to just 31.9 percent shooting, its lowest total of the year, only the second time under 40 percent and the sixth-lowest mark since at least 2005.
• The Aztecs held NDSU to just 15 field goals, its lowest total of the year and second-lowest total since at least 2005.
• SDSU held North Dakota State to just two 3-pointers, tied for its 10th-lowest mark since at least 2005.
• San Diego State held North Dakota to just one steal, tied for its second-lowest mark since at least 2005.

Other Notes
• San Diego State improves to 25-0 when leading at the half this year and 59-2 over its last 61 games when leading after 20 minutes.
• The Aztecs wins their 24th straight game when taking more attempts than their opponent and improves to 25-1 this season when they attempt more free-throws.
• SDSU won its 22nd consecutive game when holding its opponent to 40 percent or less shooting (20-0 this season).
• San Diego State is 7-1 in March this year and 31-10 over its last 41 March games.

North Dakota State Series Notes
• San Diego State improves to 4-0 all-time against North Dakota State. • The Aztecs improve to 2-0 vs. the Bison away from San Diego.

Player Notes
Xavier Thames - 30 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 steal
Scored 30 points, his first 30-point game in regulation and second overall (also 31 vs. Utah State in overtime on Jan. 25, 2014... His 30 points was a SDSU postseason (NCAA/NIT) record... He is one of only nine players in school history with multiple 30-point games in a season... Is averaging 26.5 points (53 total) in the NCAA tournament... Reached double figures in scoring for the 30th time this season and for the 62nd time in his career... Reached 20 points for the 11th time this season and 14th of his career... SDSU is now 11-0 on the year when he gets to 20 points... Led the team in scoring for the 24th time this season and 30th time of his career.

Dwayne Polee II - 15 points, 6 rebounds
Reached double-digits in scoring for the 12th time this year and 19th time of his career... Now has at least 10 points in a career-long streak of four games.

Josh Davis - 6 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block, 2 assists, 2 steals
Reached double-digits in rebounding for the 18th time this season and 57th time of his career... SDSU is 18-0 this year when he reaches double-digits in rebounds... Led the team in rebounding for the 25th time of the season (SDSU is 24-1 on those games).