2014 March Madness, San Diego State vs. Arizona final score: Wildcats come from behind to top Aztecs

Jeff Gross

A late second half run allowed Arizona to defeat San Diego State and advance to the Elite Eight.

It was only a matter of time before Pac-12 player of the year Nick Johnson would show up for Arizona. After going scoreless in the first half and starting going 0-10 in the game he scored all 15 of his points for the Wildcats in the final three minutes to help Arizona maintain their lead over San Diego State, and win 70-64.

The Aztecs played strong late in the first half and most of the second half and had a 40-34 lead with 15:31 left in the game, but Arizona kept chipping away at the San Diego State and had enough defense to limit the Aztecs offense, specifically Xavier Thames.

Thames and Dwayne Polee II led the way for the Aztecs with 25 and 13 points in the game. Arizona had a tough time stopping Thames at certain parts of the game; he went 9 of 22 from the field and 1 of 6 from beyond the arc. Thames scored 10 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half, but the Arizona defense held him scoreless up until the 52 second mark.

Those nine minutes is where Arizona made their comeback and that is also the same time Johnson started to finally show up offensively, and that was the key difference in this game. With that the season ends for San Diego State in what is their second most successful season to date.

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