Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 11:45 p.m.
With the game on the line, Jamaal Franklin made a pair of big plays to help San Diego State avoid a massive collapse.
Franklin found a cutting Winston Shepard for an easy basket and a foul, and then on the next offensive possession Franklin drove hard to the basket and slammed home a dunk to help the Aztecs to a 73-67 victory over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
San Diego State will play New Mexico at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal. The Lobos defeated Wyoming 59-46.
Franklin led the Aztecs with 19 points, Chase Tapley scored 17, and Xavier Thames chipped in 18 points.
Anthony Drmic scored 20 points to lead the Broncos, who will learn about their postseason fate Sunday.
Boise State's Derrick Marks, who at one point was 0-for-13, finished with 14 points, all in the final 10 minutes of the game.