San Diego State will move on in the NCAA Tournament Saturday, to face a Cinderella of sorts, North Dakota State, after barely edging New Mexico State in overtime Thursday.

The Aztecs held off two second-half pushes by pesky New Mexico State, which finally tied the game at 60 with 5 seconds left to force the OT in Spokane. San Diego State pulled away in OT, winning 73-69.

Earlier, San Diego State led by 12 at the half, then took a 14-point lead, only to see the Aggies pull close, at 40-38.

Then the Aztecs built the lead back to 10 at just under the 4-minute mark, only to allow New Mexico State to come back with a 14-4 run at the end of regulation. San Diego State helped their opponent with a crucial turnover with 15 seconds left.

Xavier Thames led San Diego State with 23 points, while Josh Davis had 14 rebounds.

Next up for San Diego State is No. 12 seed North Dakota State, which held off a No. 5 seed, Oklahoma, 80-75 in an earlier game Thursday.

For complete results from the first day of the NCAA Tournament, which featured five games that went into OT and several upsets, see Google’s March Madness bracket. Is your bracket still in order?

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