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Aztecs erase 14-point deficit, win on late 3-pointer

STILL PERFECT: Ron Baker goes high over Lucas Eitel in the first half of Wichita State’s 24th consecutive win.

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STILL PERFECT: Ron Baker goes high over Lucas Eitel in the first half of Wichita State’s 24th consecutive win.

BOISE, Idaho — Dwayne Polee II hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left as No. 5 San Diego State rallied from a 14-point deficit to stun Boise State 67-65 on Wednesday night and win its 19th straight game.

Xavier Thames scored 23 for the Aztecs (20-1, 9-0 MWC), who have won eight of nine meetings with the Broncos. San Diego State eliminated Boise State from the past two conference tournaments and beat the Broncos 69-66 earlier this season.

Mikey Thompson led the Broncos with 16 points and Thomas Bropleh and Derrick Marks added 15 each.

Boise State led 57-43 with 13:37 to play when Bropleh banked in 3-pointer. But the Broncos either missed a shot or turned the ball over on 13 of their next 14 possessions, and the Aztecs took a 61-59 lead on three consecutive baskets by Thames.

The Broncos regained the lead on a basket by Thompson, but two more free throws by Thames and a defensive stop set up the final possession. Thames drove to the right of the key then whipped a pass to Polee, who drilled the winner.

Marks missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Josh Davis had 10 points for San Diego State. Polee, who hit his only 3-point attempt of the game, finished with nine.

Boise State, which shot 51 percent from the field for the game, went more than nine minutes between field goals, and the Aztecs went on to win their 10th straight road game and their ninth straight conference game.

The Broncos led 42-33 at halftime.

NO. 4 WICHITA ST. 65, INDIANA ST. 58: Cleanthony Early scored 19 and Tekele Cotton added 14 as the visiting Shockers (24-0) extended their school-record winning streak and improved to 11-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference for the first time in school history.

NO. 10 MICH. 79, NEBRASKA 50: Freshman Zak Irvin scored all of his 16 in the first half, and the host Wolverines (17-5, 9-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first conference defeat, 63-52 at Indiana on Sunday. They nearly matched that scoring total with a 49-point first half against the Cornhuskers.

NO. 13 ST. LOUIS 65, ST. JOE'S 49: Rob Loe scored 17 and Jordair Jett had 10 points and seven assists to help the visiting Billikens (21-2, 8-0 Atlantic 10) to their team-record 15th straight victory, topping 14-game streaks in 1958-59 and 1993-94.

NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 77, HOUSTON 62: Russ Smith scored 17 for the visiting Cardinals (19-4, 8-2 American), who shot just less than 70 percent from the field in the first half and 56 percent for the game.

NO. 20 UVA 77, BC 67: Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and seven assists for the host Cavaliers (18-5, 9-1 ACC), who used two big first-half runs to take command and win their sixth straight.

W. VA. 91, NO. 21 OKLA. 86, OT: Eron Harris scored 26 of his 28 after halftime for the host Mountaineers, who won their third straight. The Sooners (17-6, 6-4 Big 12) arrived only 90 minutes before tipoff because of travel problems.

NO. 25 PITT 59, MIAMI 55, OT: Lamar Patterson scored 25 and hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds of overtime to help the visiting Panthers (19-4, 7-3 ACC) beat the Hurricanes (11-11, 2-7) and end a two-game skid.

TAMPA 72, ROLLINS 57: Da'Markco Foster had 20 points and Vincent Cornu added 13 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Spartans (13-6, 6-4 Sunshine State), who never trailed and blew it open with a 19-8 second-half run.

NOVA SE 94, ECKERD 90: The visiting Tritons (12-8, 4-4 SSC) fell despite a season high for points. Five Eckerd players scored in double figures, led by Alex Bodney's 23.

SAINT LEO 67, FLA. TECH 64: Jerrel Harris had 19 points for the visiting Lions (17-6, 5-5 SSC), who opened the second half with a 12-0 run.

RICHMOND: Senior guard Cedrick Lindsay, the team's leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season with torn menisci in both knees.


USF 71, MEMPHIS 58: Inga Orekhova had a season-high 20 points and freshman Katelyn Weber had 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds to lead the visiting Bulls (12-10, 7-4 American) in coach Jose Fernandez's return to the floor.

Fernandez, who spent two nights in a hospital last week after a recurrence of diverticulitis and missed Saturday's game against Louisville, arrived Wednesday morning in Memphis and coached USF to his 223rd career victory.

Nine players scored for the Bulls, who got 33 points off the bench as they fought through early foul trouble and a single-digit second-half lead to rebound from their 20-point loss to the Cardinals.

Courtney Williams had nine of her 13 points in the second half.

TAMPA 78, ROLLINS 57: Juliana Cavallaro had 19 points and Shamika Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (15-5, 8-2 SSC), who shot 57 percent from the field and outrebounded the Tars 38-27.

NOVA SE 84, ECKERD 48: The host Sharks sank 12 3-pointers and shot better than 50 percent from the field to sweep the season series from the Tritons (8-11, 1-8 SSC).

FLA. TECH 81, SAINT LEO 67: The host Panthers blew open a close game with an 11-2 second-half run. Chelsea Williams had 22 points for the Lions (14-6, 5-5 SSC).

NO. 12 OKLA. ST. 76, KANSAS 74: Roshunda Johnson and Brittney Martin each converted a free throw in the final 19 seconds to allow the host Cowgirls (19-3, 8-3 Big 12) to hold off a late threat.

SO. MISS 68, NO. 21 MTSU 56: Jerontay Clemons scored 16 and equaled a career high with 12 rebounds as the host Eagles upset Middle Tennessee State (18-4, 7-1 C-USA).

NO. 22 NEB. 71, WIS. 70, OT: Tear'a Laudermill scored 21 and made a career-high five 3-pointers, and Emily Cady made a tiebreaking free throw with 1:02 left in overtime as the visiting the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) escaped.

NO. 24 MICH. ST. 69, ILLINOIS 53: Becca Mills and Tori Jankoska scored 22 each to lead the visiting Spartans (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten).

Aztecs erase 14-point deficit, win on late 3-pointer 02/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:25am]
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