The San Diego State Aztecs were able to hold off an upset bid by the Boise State Broncos 67-65, and Xavier Thames was a big reason why.
With the Aztecs trailing by five with just under six minutes to play, Thames scored 10 straight points to put the Aztecs in striking range. He followed that up by assisting on Dwayne Polee II‘s game winning three-pointer with five second left.
These heroics are nothing new for Thames. It seems like every time a team is on the verge of upsetting the Aztecs, Thames is there to save them.
The senior is the leader of the team and is a big reason why they are 20-1 on the season. Thames leads the team in scoring, assists, steals, free throw percentage and three point field goal percentage. Without Thames, the Aztecs would be nowhere near the position they are at now, and this was evident in the game against Boise State.
Only one other player was in double figures scoring and that was just 10 points. Thames added another dimension to the offense by getting to the free throw line and converted when he got there, hitting 10-of-11. His offense helped the Aztecs overcome an off night from second leading scorer Winston Shepard, who scored just six points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Thames gives the Aztecs a chance against anybody. He has led the team to 19 straight wins, including victories over the Creighton Blue Jays and the Kansas Jayhwaks. Thames has been the key up to this point, providing veteran leadership and a steady hand at the point. He doesn’t crumble under pressure and has shown time and time again that he will get the job done in crunch time; the win over Boise State is just the latest example.
With Thames leading the way, San Diego State has the chance to be a very dangerous team as March draws nearer.