TUCSON, Ariz -- San Diego State's dream season just got a little sweeter. The Aztecs held off Temple 71-64 in double overtime to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history.

After the emotional win at the McKale Center, senior Malcolm Thomas went toward the seats where the Aztecs' faithful called "The Show" were sitting, motioned to the "San Diego State" on his jersey, and celebrated.

"It's great," said the Crawford High School product. "To do something like this, it just means a lot to my family and me."

"It's a dream come true," added senior captain D.J. Gay who played all 50 minutes.

The Aztecs (34-2), which had never before won a game in the NCAA Tournament, advance to the West Region semifinal where they will Big East Conference tournament champion Connecticut.

Four players score in double figures for San Diego State in its first overtime game of the season. Billy White had 16 points and tied his career high with 13 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard also scored 16 points, Malcolm Thomas added 13 points with nine rebounds and four blocks and Chase Tapley sank four three-pointers for 12 points.

"We've got a good team," Aztecs' coach Steve Fisher said. "We find different ways to win. We did that again tonight.

"Collectively we've won 34 games, so we feel we belong. We're excited to be playing next week."

The Aztecs had three chances to win in regulation. With the score tied at 54, White missed a lay-up after knocking over his defender and the ball went out of bounds off an Owl. Gay then dribbled the clock down to four seconds and was fouled. Off the ensuing inbound play Tapley passed to Thomas, got the ball back and missed a baseline jumper to send the game into overtime.

The Aztecs had another chance to win at the end of the first overtime. With the scored tied at 61, the Aztecs got the ball to Malcolm Thomas who couldn't sink the jump-hook over Lavoy Allen.

But in the second overtime, the Aztecs pulled away behind the hustle of White, the scoring of Leonard, and the defense of Thomas. White crashed the boards to tip in a miss and made a fallaway jumper; Leonard made four free throws and also capped off the night with a steal and breakaway dunk; and Thomas blocked the shot of Lavoy Allen with :43 remaining to preserve a three-point lead.

Thomas called it the biggest play of his career.

"Definitely," Thomas said. "When he got the rebound, I was thinking I should have boxed out harder. When the shot went up, my natural reaction was to try to block it and got it. I'm just excited that I blocked it."

"It was an amazing block," White said. "I was so proud of him."

Temple (26-8) was led by Ramone Moore's 17 points. Juan Fernandez and Khalif Wyatt each added 14 points.

The second seeded Aztecs led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but could not shake the seventh seeded Owls who slowed the game down to a molasses pace with a three-man weave half-court offense. But the Owls made just 37.9 percent of their shots from the field and missed several makable shots.

"There's a reason why teams didn't shoot more than 30 percent during the course of the year," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "They're a really good defensive team.

"It was just a bunch of kids giving everything they had, which is what this tournament is all about."

The Aztecs will now play Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim against #3 seed UConn which beat #6 seed Cincinnati 69-58.