San Diego State survives

LAS VEGAS -- The bubble nearly burst for San Diego State, but the Aztecs came away with a 72-71 win against pesky Colorado State in a Mountain West tournament quarterfinal to advance to a date tomorrow with New Mexico.

D.J. Gay's two free throws were the difference, and he said afterward that the Lobos were on his mind.

"This is a game we’ve been asking for, looking forward to," Gay said. "We just wanted to play tomorrow. We didn’t want to come out here for one day."

The Rams did give the Aztecs a scare. CSU had the ball for a final possession, but freshman Dorian Green's pass went out of bounds.

San Diego State then watched a desperation 3-point attempt miss at the buzzer after Chase Tapley missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Tapley, Malcolm Thomas and Billy White each scored 15 for the No. 4-seeded Aztecs as they improved to 23-8.

"This is the only tournament we can be in right now," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "We came here to win three games."

Adam Nigon scored 18 for CSU, which lost starting forward Andy Ogide after he was ejected in the first half for appearing to throw an elbow that knocked down Brian Carlwell.

Coach Tim Miles said he apologized to Fisher after the game for the incident.

The Rams had a 53-49 second-half lead before the Aztecs went on a 9-0 run to regain momentum.

But a close call it was against CSU, which fell to 16-15.