(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
After a three-year hiatus, Steve Fischer and San Diego State are back in the Sweet 16.
The Aztecs rode the hot hand of Mountain West player of the year Xavier Thames, who finished with a game-high 30 points to a 63-44 win over No. 12 North Dakota State. Thames’s 30 is most points scored by one player in Saturday’s second-round play.
After allowing 69 points to New Mexico State, the Aztecs put the clamps on the Bison, holding one of the nation’s most accurate teams to 31 percent shooting. Bison guard Kory Brown scored a team-high 13 points, but was the only North Dakota State player to score in double figures.
Bison kid, you will be missed.
More NCAA tournament news
Cavaliers survive early scare, pull away for win
GW’s season ends, but hope for the future is bright
Brackets bust following Mercer’s upset of Duke
Duke stunned by Mercer, 78-71 | America celebrates the upset
Bog: When D.C. public television showed college basketball
Lumberjacks upset No. 5 seed VCU in overtime
Wichita State is 1st to 35-0 | UNC survives on late FTs
Friday’s viewer’s guide | What channel is truTV?
Dayton Daily News trolls Ohio State following Flyers’ upset
Review: NCAA March Madness Live app
NCAA tournament bracket and historical database
Play The Bracket Challenge round-by-round
Photos: The best of the tournament | 68 teams, 68 facts