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By dengdai on Apr 29, 2014 02:51 AM
BOISE, Idaho -- With his fifth-ranked team trailing by two points in the final seconds, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher was all but certain senior point guard Xavier Thames was going to take the final shot for the Aztecs on Wednesday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys . But Thames surprised his coach -- and most of the 9,602 in attendance -- when he whipped a pass to Dwayne Polee II, who drained a three-pointer with four seconds left to give the Aztecs an improbable come-from-behind 67-65 victory that extended their winning streak to 19 games. "It was like the Red Sea parted," Polee said. "I wasnt surprised. X is a real unselfish player, and if there was one person open, he was going to find them." Thames finished with 23 points for San Diego State (20-1, 9-0 Mountain West), but it was his steal at midcourt in the final minute and his second assist of the game that saved the Aztecs, who trailed by 14 points in the second half. "What can you say about Xavier Thames?" Fisher asked. "You cant tell me that hes not playing as well as anyone in America right now." Thames said he was very close to taking a shot that would have tied the score. But at the very last second, he changed his mind. "I had a pretty decent look, but I saw DP out of the corner of my eye," Thames said. "I was going to shoot a floater but (Ryan) Watkins was going to contest it. Then I saw (Anthony) Drmic sink down. It was on the tip of my fingers (to shoot). It was pretty close." Close is the typical result when the Aztecs and Broncos (15-8, 5-5) play. The past six meetings between the schools have been decided by six or fewer points. San Diego State eliminated Boise State from the past two conference tournaments and won 69-66 last month in San Diego. "Theyre a good matchup for us, and were a good matchup for them," Thames said. "We know were always going to get a great game for them." Mikey Thompson led the Broncos with 16 points and Thomas Bropleh and Derrick Marks both added 15. "I just feel awful for these guys right now," Boise State coach Leon Rice said. "They are giving everything they have. We just havent finished." Boise State led the final 18 minutes of the first half and the first 15 of the second before a scoring drought allowed the Aztecs to rally. After Bropleh banked in a three-pointer to give the Broncos a 57-43 lead with 13:37 to play, Boise State only made one field goal in the next 11 minutes and the lead disappeared when Thames scored his seventh consecutive point to give his team a 61-59 lead with four minutes to play. Boise State finally got on track, getting two free throws and a layup from Thompson and a basket from Marks to retake the lead at 65-62. Thames made a steal in the final minute and hit two free throws after being fouled, and after Marks missed a jumper, the Aztecs were in position for the biggest play of the game. "That was a tough, gutty character-type game for us," Fisher said. "We stayed with it and found a way to win." Thames said there was some motivation to keep the winning streak going. With its meteoric rise to No. 5 in the poll, the Aztecs expect to get every teams best shot the rest of the way. "We talked at halftime about that," he said. "We said, You know they are going to rush the court if they win. We didnt want that to happen." Josh Davis had 10 points for San Diego State, which won despite turning the ball over 15 times and allowing Boise State to shoot 51 per cent from the field and make eight three-pointers. "They just kept hitting shot after shot," said Polee, who finished with nine points and was 1 for 1 on three-point attempts. "Everything they threw up was going in. We just had to buckle up." The win was the 10th straight win away from home for San Diego State and its ninth Cheap Jerseys . -- The Los Angeles Kings have maintained their discipline and cool during a dominant playoff run that has them two wins away from the teams first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1993 with Wayne Gretzky. NFL Jerseys China . So did Rubby De La Rosa. Gordon had three hits, De La Rosa pitched five effective innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Tuesday night.TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu will have surgery Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left knee. Mathieu, speaking informally to a small group of reporters at team headquarters Thursday, said he knows it will be difficult to watch the team play for the remainder of the season. "I felt like I disappointed my team," he said. "I cant be out there with those guys. Were in the playoff chase, and you just want to be out there and help those guys. Knowing that you cant be out there to help them is the frustrating thing." It is the first serious injury of Mathieus career, and he says he will do his rehab work in Arizona. The young safety, whose college career at LSU was cut short by marijuana-related issues, has developed a strong support system in Arizona. Mathieu tore his ACL and LCS when he was hit while returning a free kick following a safety in the Cardinals 30-10 victory over St. Louis last Sunday. He jogged toward the sideline, then his knee buckled and he collapsed on the field. "I was a bit scared," Mathieu said. "I havent been injured. I twisted my ankle and sprained my ankle a few times, but I never had a serious injury. Once my knee buckled, I knew it was a serious injury. Cheap Jerseys NFL. " He said he has been listening to teammates who have gone through the same sort of injury. "They say the more work you put into it, the better the results," Mathieu said. The 5-foot-9 dynamo was having a terrific rookie season, playing on nearly every defensive snap. He is second on the team in tackles (63) and solo tackles (56). He also had two interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and three quarterback hits. "I know I played pretty good," Mathieu said. "I think I set a pretty good standard for rookies coming in at defensive back for the Cardinals this year. I didnt feel like I played my best. I felt like my best was still ahead of me. Ive got some months to reflect on it and hopefully motivate me to go out there and set some records next year." Coach Bruce Arians has downplayed any chance Mathieu could be ready by training camp next year. "I head that," Mathieu said. "I dont know. Coach is just being generous. He doesnt want to rush me back, but hopefully everything goes well and goes fast. Hopefully, I can come back like A.P. (Adrian Peterson)." ' ' '
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