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5:42 AM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
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San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Xavier Thames tallied a team-high 17 points, including four clutch free throws in the final minute that helped No. 24 San Diego State hold off San Diego, 65-64, on Thursday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With San Diego State clinging to a 61-60 edge with 12.2 seconds left, Thames calmly drilled two free throws to push the cushion to three.

The Aztecs elected to foul rather than allow San Diego to try a potential game-tying 3-pointer, and Duda Sanadze hit both free throws to trim the margin to one.

Thames drew another foul and knocked down to more from the charity stripe to make it 65-62 with 5.9 seconds, but after another quick San Diego State foul, Christopher Anderson sank two free throws to again make it a one-point game.

San Diego then forced a jump ball on the ensuing in bounds pass to Thames, and with the possession arrow in their favor, the Toreros took possession with 3.2 ticks on the clock.

On the ensuing in bounds pass, Sanadze got a good look at a right wing triple, but his shot hit the front rim, allowing the Aztecs to escape with the victory.

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