#AztecMBB Set for NCAA Third Round vs. NDSU
March 21, 2014
SPOKANE, Wash. -
Fourth-seeded San Diego State is set to face 12th-seeded North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash. Tip time for the game is slated for 3:10 p.m. PT and the contest will air nationally on TNT.
The Aztecs are in the third round of the NCAA tournament for the second straight season and for the third time in the last four years after a thrilling 73-69 overtime victory over 13th-seeded New Mexico State on Thursday. SDSU led by as many as 14 points in the first half, 13 in the second half and held a 60-55 lead with 31 seconds left only to have Aggies guard Kevin Aronis knock down a contested three-pointer as the horn sounded to force overtime. In the extra session, Xavier Thames and Dwayne Polee II each scored five points to help lift the Aztecs to their eighth-straight overtime victory.
Thames, an All-America candidate and Mountain West Player of the Year, led all players with 23 points and five assists, while adding two blocked shots and three steals. Polee II, the MW Sixth Man of the Year, came off the bench and produced 15 points and six boards. The Mountain West Newcomer of the Year, Josh Davis, meanwhile, contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds for his team-best ninth double-double of the season. Lastly, Skylar Spencer blocked a game-high four shots to become SDSU's all-time single-season leader in the category. The sophomore enters the game with North Dakota State with 86 rejections.
The Aztecs extended a handful of streaks with their win over NMSU. SDSU has now won 119 straight games when leading with five minutes to play, won 24 in a row when leading at halftime, won 23 consecutive when attempting more free-throws and 12 in a row when scoring between 70-79 points.
On Saturday, San Diego State will look to improve upon its second-highest win total in school history. Following its victory over New Mexico State, SDSU posted its 30th win of the year and trails only the 2010-11 team in the category (34). A win over the Bison would put the Aztecs at 31victories and send them to their second Sweet 16 in school history and their second since the 2010-11 campaign. Ironically, a Saturday triumph would send San Diego State to Anaheim, Calif., the same Sweet 16 site it reached in 2010-11.