Men's College Basketball
 

Mountain West Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 14th)

Final Score: (8) San Diego State 59, UNLV 51

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwayne Polee II had 18 points and six rebounds as No. 8 San Diego State took a 59-51 win over UNLV in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Xavier Thames scored 17 points with six assists for the Aztecs (29-3), who advanced to the final and will play New Mexico on Saturday.

San Diego State will be looking for its fifth conference championship, and first since beating BYU three years ago.

"We came here to win three games," said San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher. "We came here to compete like crazy. We've done that for two. We got one to go."

Deville Smith had 17 points and Bryce Dejean-Jones gave 10 for the Rebels (20-13), who were looking to get to the championship game for a second year in a row.

"Well, they did a good job defending well," said Smith. "But I just feel like our team, we should have reacted even better to their defending."

San Diego State led by just two when Smith hit a jumper four minutes into the second half to make it a 33-31 game, but Josh Davis countered with a layup and that started a 12-0 run with Polee capping the spurt on a jumper for a 45-31 lead with 10 1/2 minutes to play.

Smith's bucket was the last field goal UNLV made for almost 10 minutes before he hit a 3-point to make it a 48-37 game with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Smith and Dejean-Jones made consecutive 3s to make it a 54-48 game with just over a minute to play, but the Aztecs hit their free throws down the stretch to prevail.

UNLV raced out to a 7-0 lead, but an 8-0 run from San Diego State later in the first half gave the team the lead.

The Rebels kept the game close over the opening 20 minutes and it was a one- point game with 2 1/2 minutes left, but Aqeel Quinn hit a layup and Thames made two free throws to give the team a 29-24 lead at the break.

Game Notes

UNLV lost to New Mexico in the conference final last year ... UNLV shot 41.3 percent compared to 36.4 percent for San Diego State, but the Aztecs went 14- of-17 from the line while the Rebels were just 8-for-13 ... SDSU won all three games against UNLV this season, but still trail in the series, 35-24.

Final Score: (20) New Mexico 70, Boise State 67

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Cameron Bairstow had 23 points and eight rebounds as No. 20 New Mexico survived for a 70-67 victory over Boise State in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Kendall Williams had 16 points and Deshawn Delaney added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Lobos (26-6), who will take on San Diego State in the final on Saturday in the hopes of winning their third straight conference title.

Derrick Marks had 20 points and Thomas Bropleh added 16, but was thrown out for a flagrant 2 foul on Bairstow with just over seven minutes to play for the Broncos (21-13), who had defeated San Jose State and Nevada to reach the semifinal.

Bropleh's foul came with 7:15 to play shortly after he hit a 3-pointer to make it a 51-49 game in New Mexico's favor.

Bairstow was at the left of the net and about to attempt a short shot when Bropleh came over top and hit Biarstow in the head. After a brief metting, the refs gave Bropleh the flagrant 2 and he walked into the locker room.

After Nick Duncan hit two free throws with 3:33 to play, Alex Kirk countered with a layup and foul shot to give New Mexico a 60-55 lead with 3:18 showing on the clock.

Duncan then rimmed out on a deep 3, but Igor Hadziomerovic grabbed the offensive board and Anthony Drmic put in a reverse layup with 2 1/2 minutes left.

Williams was then fouled on a jumper and air-balled his first attempt, but made the next one, and Marks countered with two at the other end for a two- point game with 2:07 to play.

Williams, though, countered with a 3-pointer and, after Derrick Marks missed a 3 at the other end, Bairstow drilled a jumper for a 66-59 lead.

Marks then hit a 3 to give Boise State some life, and Williams missed both of his free throws with 31.8 seconds to play.

Jeff Elorriaga was fed the ball for a deep 3, and he drained it with 21 seconds showing on the clock to make it a 66-65 game.

Williams was quickly fouled, but this time he made both from the stripe for a three-point lead with 18.6 seconds showing.

Following a New Mexico timeout, Marks was looking for a 3, but wound up driving the lane and settling for a layup with 5.2 seconds left.

Bairstow was fouled with 3.8 seconds to play and made his two chances, and Boise State was then called for a backcourt violation as Duncan stepped across midcourt after grabbing the ball.

Kirk missed both his free throws with 1.2 seconds to play, but the desperation heave fell well short.

New Mexico never trailed in this game and held a 10-point lead early in the first half, but Boise State kept the game from getting out of hand and trailed by six, 35-29, at the half.

Game Notes

The Lobos shot 43.8 percent from the floot and grabbed 37 rebounds, while Boise State hit 39.3 percent of its shots and grabbed 33 boards ... New Mexico has won this tournament three times ... The Lobos hold a 6-1 lead in the series with the Broncos.

03/15 02:23:27 ET

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