San Diego State Wins NCAA Tournament Opener

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SPOKANE, Wash. -- In the fourth and final overtime game of Thursday's March Madness, San Diego State outlasted New Mexico State for a 73-69 victory.

New Mexico State's Kevin Aronis made a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation Thursday night to push the game to overtime.

The four extra periods were the most in a single day in NCAA tournament history.

Xavier Thames scored the first basket of the extra session, and the fourth-seeded Aztecs (30-4) never trailed. Thames finished with 23 points for San Diego State, which will play 12th-seeded North Dakota State -- an overtime winner itself over Oklahoma earlier in the day.

Seven-foot-5 Sim Bhullar had 14 points and seven boards for the 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10) before fouling out in OT. Daniel Mullings led the Aggies with 18.


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