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NCAA Game Summary - San Diego State vs. Arizona



(Thursday, March 27th)

Final Score: Arizona 70, San Diego State 64

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. McConnell stripped the ball away from Winston Shepard near halfcourt, dove to retrieve it and alertly found Gabe York with a bounce pass from his back. York then left a pass for Nick Johnson, whose layup finally put him in the scoring column.

Johnson's second field goal less than a minute later was the dagger.

Johnson scored 15 of Arizona's final 16 points and the Wildcats advanced to the West Region final of the NCAA Tournament following a 70-64 triumph over San Diego State on Thursday night.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year Johnson began 0-of-10 from the floor before his layup gave Arizona 56-51 lead with 2:44 left. After J.J. O'Brien made two foul shots, Johnson knocked down a right wing triple to extend the margin to 59-53 with 1:52 on the clock.

Johnson hit all 10 of his foul shots down the stretch to send top-seeded Arizona (33-4) to its first Elite Eight since 2011.

"When I hit one shot it just started to feel a little bit better," Johnson said. "I just kept on hitting shots."

The Wildcats will face second-seeded Wisconsin on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four. The Badgers routed sixth-seeded Baylor, 69-52, earlier on Thursday.

Aaron Gordon had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 15 points and five boards for the Wildcats, who played in their third Sweet 16 in four years.

Arizona also defeated the Aztecs, 69-60, earlier this season on Nov. 14.

Xavier Thames netted 25 points to lead fourth-seeded San Diego State (31-5), which has never reached the Elite Eight. Dwayne Polee provided 13 points and Josh Davis pulled down 14 boards in defeat.

"One of these days we're going to get to a Final Four," SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said.

Back-to-back buckets by Shepard and Thames staked the Aztecs to a 40-32 advantage early in the second half before Arizona ripped off six straight. Hollis-Jefferson put in the first two baskets before Gordon reached back and threw down a ferocious one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass by York to pull the Wildcats within 40-38 with 14:27 to go.

Arizona hadn't led since the 7:50 mark of the opening half until McConnell drove in for a layup to give it a 50-49 edge with 7:21 on the clock.

Earlier, neither team led by more than four until a 9-0 SDSU push. A Shepard jumper capped the swing and helped the Aztecs to a 29-22 cushion with 4:32 left in the first half.

The Aztecs took a 32-28 advantage into the break.

Game Notes

Arizona head coach Sean Miller joined his brother Archie in the Elite Eight. The younger Miller led 11th-seeded Dayton to an 82-72 victory over Stanford in the South Region semifinals ... SDSU outrebounded Arizona, 37-29.

03/28 02:12:28 ET

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Scoreboard
MLB
Final
BAL 5
TOR 2
Final
NYM 5
MIA 6
Final
TAM 1
NYY 0
Final
ATL 2
WAS 4
Final
CHC 1
CIN 0
Final
KAN 4
CWS 3
Final
HOU 3
CLE 1
Final
MIN 6
DET 8
Final
COL 3
LOS 11
Final
ARI 6
SFG 2
Final
ANA 8
SEA 1
Final
SDP 1
PHI 0
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
BOS
 
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BAL
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
MIA
 
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TAM
NYY
 
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ATL
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
CIN
 
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KAN
CWS
 
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HOU
CLE
 
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MIN
DET
 
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STL
MIL
 
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COL
LOS
 
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ARI
SFG
 
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ANA
SEA
 
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OAK
TEX
 
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SDP
PHI
 
Final
IND 27
PHI 30