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Thames scores 15, San Diego State rolls in MWC

San Diego State's Josh Davis, left and JJ O'Brien go after a loose ball with Utah State's Kyle Davis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mountain West Conference player of the year Xavier Thames scored 15 points and dished seven assists to lead No. 8 San Diego State to a 73-39 victory over Utah State, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West conference tournament.

The top-seeded Aztecs shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) from the field, including 7 of 17 (.412) from 3-point range. San Diego State dominated in the paint, out-rebounding the Aggies, 35-27, while it outscored Utah State in the paint, 40-14.

Winston Shepard added 13 points for the Aztecs, while Josh Davis had eight points and 13 rebounds.

Jarred Shaw led Utah State with 14 points.

San Diego State, which swept the regular-season series against first-year member Utah State, will face the winner of the UNLV-Wyoming game.

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