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San Diego State holds off surging Boise State to advance

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San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin takes the ball up court against Boise State during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

MWC Tournament: San Diego State vs. Boise State

San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin dunks on Boise State during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. SDSU won the game 73-67 and will face New Mexico on Friday. Launch slideshow »

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.

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or [email protected]. Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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