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Thames leads San Diego State past UNLV

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Xavier Thames tallied a game-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, as No. 10 San Diego State extended its win streak to 15 games with a 63-52 triumph over UNLV on Saturday at Viejas Arena.

Josh Davis donated a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards, while Winston Shepard added eight points and nine rebounds for the Aztecs (16-1, 5-0 MWC), who suffered their lone setback of the season on Nov. 14 against now No. 1 Arizona.

Bryce Dejean-Jones led UNLV (11-7, 2-3) with 15 points, but went a woeful 0- for-7 from beyond the arc for the Runnin' Rebels, who shot just 2-for-18 from distance as a team while dropping their third game in four tries.

Roscoe Smith scored seven of UNLV's first nine points and tied the tilt at 9-9 when he buried a jumper with 10:34 left in the first half, but the Runnin' Rebels went the next seven-plus minutes without a field goal, allowing the Aztecs to reel off a game-changing 19-2 surge.

Ageel Quinn netted five straight in the spurt, which Skylar Spencer capped with a tip-in for a 28-11 SDSU lead with 3:31 left in the first half.

Dejean-Jones quelled the UNLV field-goal drought with a jumper that sparked a 7-0 sprint from the visitors, but the Aztecs closed the half on a 6-2 swing to take a 34-20 cushion into the break.

"We just dug ourselves too deep a hole in the first half," UNLV head coach Dave Rice said. "It's hard against a terrific team like San Diego State to dig yourselves into a hole."

UNLV moved within six twice over the first 10 minutes of the second half, including when Khem Birch finished a layup that brought the Runnin' Rebels within 44-38 with 10:44 on the clock.

San Diego State answered with six of the next eight points to push the spread back to 10, but a Christian Wood triple, followed by a Deville Smith layup found UNLV within 50-45 with 5:48 remaining.

However, the Aztecs used a quick 8-3 to again create a double-digit gap, and with the Runnin' Rebels struggling to find the bottom of the net down the stretch, San Diego State was able to seal the outcome from the free throw line.

"When they made their charge, we found a way to make a play to keep them at bay, which is what you have to do," SDSU head coach Steve Alford said.

Game Notes

Davis recorded his 38th career double-double and seventh this season ... San Diego State shot 2-of-11 from 3-point range ... SDSU won the rebounding battle, 49-39 ... Roscoe Smith registered 12 points and 10 boards for UNLV.

01/18 22:02:41 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR