The San Diego St. Aztecs moved to the semifinals of the 2011 Mountain West Conference Tournament following their 64-50 victory over the Utah Utes. The Aztecs and the Utes played evenly for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Aztecs soon pulled away and had a 30-15 lead at halftime.
Utah's 35-point second half was a bit too late as the Aztecs countered with 34 of their own. Utah's Will Clyburn had a game-high 20 points and pulled down seven boards, but San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas had better overall nights. Thomas narrowly missed a triple-double with his 13-point, 10-rebound and 8-assist night. Leonard added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams got burned on turnovers, combining for 36.
The Aztecs face the winner of the UNLV-Air Force game tomorrow night to advance to the championship game. It appears we'll be treated to another BYU-San Diego St. game.
Here is the rest of the MWC schedule (all times MT):
Friday, March 11
No. 1 BYU vs. No. 5 New Mexico, 7 p.m. TV: CBS College Sports HD
No. 2 San Diego St. vs. UNLV-Air Force winner, 9:30 p.m. TV: CBS College Sports HD
Saturday, March 12
Championship, 5 p.m. TV: Versus HD