New Mexico State Aggies center Sim Bhullar (2) drives to the basket against San Diego State Aztecs guard Xavier Thames (2) and forward Josh Davis (22) in the second half of a men's college basketball game during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Veterans Memorial Arena.
(Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports / March 21, 2014)
San Diego State 73, New Mexico State 69 (OT): Xavier Thames scored five of his 23 points in overtime as the Aztecs fought off the Aggies in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Spokane, Wash.
Thames hit a jumper for the first points of the extra period and No. 4 seed San Diego State (30-4) never trailed in overtime. Dwayne Polee II scored three of his 15 points in the final 6.9 seconds to clinch it and Josh Davis grabbed 14 rebounds to go with 10 points for the Aztecs, who will take on 12th-seeded North Dakota State in the West regional round of 32 on Saturday.
Daniel Mullings scored 18 points and Kevin Aronis scored 12 on four 3-pointers for No. 13 seed New Mexico State (26-10). Sim Bhullar collected 14 points and seven rebounds and Tshilidzi Nephawe contributed 12 and eight rebounds for the Aggies.
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