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Arizona holds off San Diego State 70-64 in Sweet 16

San Diego State guard Xavier Thames left defends as Arizonforward AarGorddrives during first half an NCAA men's college basketball tournament

San Diego State guard Xavier Thames, left, defends as Arizona forward Aaron Gordon drives during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional semifinal, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Updated: March 27, 2014 11:58PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Johnson scored all of his 15 points in the last 2:45, after missing his first 10 shots, and Arizona rallied to beat San Diego State 70-64 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points each for the top-seeded Wildcats (33-4). They next play Wisconsin in the West Regional final Saturday.

Xavier Thames scored 25 points and Dwayne Polee added 13 points for the Aztecs (31-5). Those two tried to bail out SDSU in the final minute, each hitting 3-pointers before Thames’ basket cut the deficit to 65-61 with 38 seconds left.

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