9:00 PM ET, March 15, 2013
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
No. 15 New Mexico beats San Diego State in Mountain West semifinals
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Kendall Williams #10 of the New Mexico Lobos drives against Xavier Thames #2 of the San...(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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MVP: As always, San Diego State and New Mexico played a hard-fought, physical, defensive game, the kind of game that occasionally makes even very good players (cough, Jamaal Franklin) look average. But New Mexico's Tony Snell, who scored 17 points and hit five of his eight threes, shone.
X factor: The aforementioned Franklin is one of the best players in the country, and able to impact the game beyond scoring, hence his 12 rebounds and five assists. But a 3-of-12 day, combined with a 6-of-16 outing from Chase Tapley, doomed the Aztecs.
That was par for the course. New Mexico has gone pretty much the entire season doing two things: 1) Racking up good wins without blowing people out, and 2) Failing to fully capture the nation's attention. This was another typical such victory for the Lobos, one of many.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-64 (.313)||21-51 (.412)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-21 (.238)||7-19 (.368)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-8 (.625)||11-16 (.688)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
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