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New Mexico State's Sim Bhullar grabs a rebound against San Diego State in the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
NCAA Tournament: SDSU 73, New Mexico State 69 (OT)
First Published Mar 20 2014 11:42 pm • Last Updated Mar 21 2014 04:39 pm

Spokane, Wash. • "March Madness?" How ‘bout "The Longest Day?"

San Diego State made a bit of history late Thursday night, pulling out a 73-69 victory over New Mexico State in the record-setting fourth overtime game of Day 1 of the NCAA tournament.

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Xavier Thames scored the first basket of overtime and made three of four free throws at the end of the extra session to help the fourth-seeded Aztecs (30-4) advance to Saturday’s third-round game against North Dakota State, which beat Oklahoma 80-75 — in overtime, of course.

San Diego State didn’t trail once.

Holding a comfortable five-point lead with 32 seconds left, the Aztecs let Renaldo Dixon score to make it 60-57 with 16.9 remaining.

An inbounds pass and a few free throws were all they needed to wrap things up.

Not quite that easy.

Thames mishandled the inbounds pass and, after a timeout, the 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10) worked the ball to Kevin Aronis, who made the 3-pointer to tie it. Thames had a chance to win but his shot rimmed out, and off to overtime they went.

The Aztecs joined North Dakota State, UConn and St. Louis as overtime winners on the first full day of the tournament.




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