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The San Diego State Aztecs didn't leave much to the imagination Thursday afternoon.

The top-seeded Aztecs jumped out to an 8-0 lead and cruised to a 73-39 victory in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center.

San Diego State, now 28-3, advances to the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the UNLV-Wyoming game later on Thursday. Utah State fell to 18-13.

Utah State didn't score against the Aztecs until Jarred Shaw hit a jumper more than six minutes into the game. The Aggies missed their first nine shots.

Xavier Thames led San Diego State with 15 points on four 3-pointers. Thames, who played just 22 minutes, also had seven assists. Winston Shepard had 13 points for the Aztecs and Josh Davis had eight points, 13 rebounds and six steals in 27 minutes.

Shaw led Utah State with 14 points. The Aggies turned the ball over 14 times and missed 9-of-10 3-point attempts. Utah State had 11 3-pointers in its first-round win over Colorado State on Wednesday.

San Diego State never let Utah State in the game. Shepard had a lay-up and a jumper 42 seconds art as the Aztecs led 22-8 with 6:18 to go in the first half. Shepard also had two lay-ups a minute apart for a 33-13 lead with 1:37 left in the half.

Thames also helped put the game away in the first half with three 3-pointers in the final 4:30 as the Aztecs led 36-15 at halftime.

Thames drained his fourth 3-pointer two minutes into the second half as the Aztecs built a 45-16 lead.

The Aztecs had 11 steals and went to the free throw line just seven times, making just four.

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