SPOKANE, Wash. Joe Haden Steelers Jersey . -- Xavier Thames dropped in 3s from deep, finessed floaters in the lane and carried San Diego State the way he did all season as the Mountain West player of the year. Thames would not let North Dakota State become this years version of Florida Gulf Coast by sending the Aztecs home in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Thames scored 30 points, and fourth-seeded San Diego State reached the round of 16 for the second time in school history, ending the run of No. 12 seed North Dakota State 63-44 on Saturday. The Aztecs (31-4) now get to make the short drive up the interstate to Anaheim, Calif., where they will face either No. 1 seed Arizona or eighth-seeded Gonzaga in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday. Thames, who was 9 of 19 from the field, had five assists and ended the comeback hopes of the Bison with a six-point spurt late in the second half that pushed the Aztecs lead to 12. He finished one shy of his career-high in points. Dwayne Polee II was the only other San Diego State player in double figures with 15, but the Aztecs didnt need a ton of scoring with Thames carrying the load and another defensive performance that suffocated the best shooting team in the country. Kory Brown led the Bison (26-7) with 13 points, but it was the struggles of leading scorer Taylor Braun that had North Dakota State trying to play catch up. Braun missed nine straight shots during one stretch. Sometimes he was guarded by Thames. Other times it was J.J. OBrien taking a turn on the Summit League player of the year. Braun finished 2-of-14 shooting and just seven points. North Dakota State shot 50.9 per cent for the season to lead the country, but could only make 31.9 per cent against the Aztecs. The 44 points were a season-low for the Bison, the previous low being 56 in a win over Western Illinois. North Dakota State was one of three No. 12 seeds to help create another manic March by upsetting No. 5 seed Oklahoma 80-75 in overtime in the second round on Thursday. They had the players and the personality to become this years version of FGCU -- just minus all those dunks. Thames wasnt going to allow that to happen. The memories were still fresh of the flight home last year after San Diego State become one of those teams FGCU dunked all over on its way to an unforgettable March run. Thames did it all for the Aztecs in the first half. He was responsible for 23 of San Diego States 30 points, scoring 16 and assisting on another three baskets. He started the second half with a floater in the lane, a shot he repeated minutes later. He then found Polee on the wing for a 3 and the Aztecs lead was back to 40-30 after a quick North Dakota State spurt had trimmed the deficit to five. Braun finally got a shot to fall when he spun in a reverse layup with 12:11 left, his first field goal in nearly 27 minutes of game time. By that point, the Bison were down eight and could never get much closer. Braun finished the first half 1-of-10 shooting and equally quiet was Lawrence Alexander. The guard who hit all the big shots against Oklahoma finished with three points after scoring 28 against the Sooners. Terrell Edmunds Jersey . Next up is another showdown with Michigan. Payne scored 18 points, Branden Dawson had 14 and No. 22 Michigan State beat No. 12 Wisconsin 83-75 on Saturday to reach the Big Ten tournament championship. 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Philadelphia made 35.5 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 32 Boston points. The Sixers are turning the ball over an NBA-worst 17.8 times a game. Covington has started the past three games and is averaging 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in that time for Philadelphia, which is six home losses away from matching the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks (0-19) for the worst home start in league history. The Sixers, who sit last with 91.3 ppg and a 41.1 field goal percentage, were 10-31 at home last season and lost 26 of their last 30 contests at Wells Fargo Center. After entertaining the Hornets, Philly will start a lengthy seven-game trek Sunday at Orlando, followed by stops in Miami, Portland, Utah, Golden State, Phoenix and Los Angeles (Clippers). Charlotte has lost fouur in a row and 14 of the last 16 games, including Wednesdays 111-106 setback to the Phoenix Suns. Sean Davis Steelers Jersey. . Al Jefferson led the hosts with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Kemba Walker scored 27 points. Walker is averaging 22.5 ppg in his last four games. The Hornets scored 61 points in the first half and made 46.5 percent for the game. It started when they went small in the second quarter, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said of his teams loss. The last three minutes they outworked us and we couldnt keep up. Gary Neal had 13 off the bench and Lance Stephenson was limited to seven points in 25 minutes. Stephenson is expected to miss Fridays game with a pelvis injury suffered in the third quarter. He came back in the fourth. Charlotte is committing the fewest turnovers in the league at 11.0 and had seven in the loss to the Suns. The Hornets will try to stop a six-game road losing streak Friday and are only 1-10 away from The Hive this season. They will play the first of three meetings with the 76ers and went 3-1 against them last season. 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