National Basketball Association
San Diego St. 73, Utah St. 39
When: 3:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 13, 2014
Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
# Doran Gotschall , # Verne Harris, # Tommy Nunez Jr.
No. 7 San Diego State 73, Utah
Xavier Thames had 15 points and seven assists as the Aztecs
won easily in their Mountain West Conference tournament opener over
the Aggies in Las Vegas.
Winston Shepard added 13 points
for San Diego State (28-3), which shot 52.5 percent from the field,
including 7-of-17 from 3-point range. The win moved the top-seeded
Aztecs into Friday semifinals against UNLV.
Jarred Shaw led the way for
eighth-seeded Utah State (18-13) with 14 points. Spencer Butterfield,
who came into the game averaging 13.3 points, was held to two on 1-of-6 shooting from the field.
The Aztecs started hot, hitting nine
of their first 18 field-goal attempts to open up an early 20-8 lead.
The lead was 11 when San Diego State went on a 9-0 run over a
two-minute span to push the advantage to 20 before going up by 21 at
Things didn't get better for the
Aggies in the second half, as the Aztecs opened with a 6-0 run to
push their advantage to 27. The lead reached 31 on Josh Davis' jumper
with just under 14 minutes to play, and the rout was on, with coach Steve
Fisher able to clear his bench and rest some starters for the
GAME NOTEBOOK: The 39 points
scored by the Aggies was their worst offensive showing of the year,
eclipsing the 42 they scored the previous time they played at the
Thomas & Mack Center against UNLV on Jan. 22. … The Aztecs won
the rebound battle 35-27 behind a game-high 13 boards by Josh
Davis, who also recorded six steals. … San Diego State won despite
shooting just seven free throws, its fewest in a win this season,
which topped the nine attempted in its last meeting with Utah State.
Top Game Performances
||San Diego St.
Jarred Shaw 14
Xavier Thames 15
Danny Berger 2
Xavier Thames 7
Spencer Butterfield 5
Josh Davis 13
Marcel Davis 4
||Free Throws Made
Aqeel Quinn 1
Kyle Davis 1
Josh Davis 6
Kyle Davis 3
James Johnson 1
Team Stats Summary
|San Diego St.