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Photo by Kirby Lee / USA TODAY San Diego State guard Xavier Thames, left, shoots against North Dakota State defenders in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena. The Aztecs defeated the Bison 63-44.

Aztecs handle, stop Bison: San Diego State puts on defensive pressure to beat North Dakota State

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The players from North Dakota State were issued new lime green Nike basketball shoes for the NCAA tournament. None of them turned into slippers on Saturday night.


A stirring NCAA tournament run that started with an upset of Oklahoma on Thursday ended on Saturday with a thud. And a clang. And a bonk.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.