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New Mexico gets past SDSU and into MWC final
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Tony Snell scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range as 15th-ranked New Mexico defeated San Diego State, 60-50, to advance to the final round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Cameron Bairstow added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Alex Kirk scored 15 for the top-seeded Lobos (28-5), who will look to win the MWC Tournament for the second consecutive year.
New Mexico will face the winner of Friday's UNLV versus Colorado State matchup on Saturday.
Chase Tapley and Xavier Thames scored 14 points apiece for the Aztecs (22-10), who shot just 31.3 percent (20-for-64) from the field.
San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin, who averaged 17.0 points per game entering the contest, was held to just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Kendall Williams gave the Lobos a 14-9 lead after knocking down a trey at the 12:04 mark. The Aztecs, though, tied the game moments later on a Xavier Thames jumper.
Snell's triple at the 7:57 mark ignited a a 13-6 flurry for New Mexico, which took a 29-20 lead into the break.
The Lobos opened the second half on a 14-2 surge, with Snell burying three triples in a row to put New Mexico up 43-22, but SDSU cut it to 47-34 near the midway point of the second half.
Tapley's jumper with just over 4 1/2 minutes left made it a nine-point game, but after a layup from Kirk, the Aztecs couldn't get it under double-digits the rest of the way.
The top seed in the MWC Tournament hasn't won the championship in six years ... New Mexico has won eight of its last nine games ... SDSU scored 17 points off 10 New Mexico turnovers ... The Aztecs went to the free throw line only eight times (5-for-8).
03/15 23:47:47 ET
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