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SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State's first game back in The Associated Press Top 25 was almost a loss in a spirited tussle with its scrappy crosstown rival.
Xavier Thames made four free throws in the final 12.2 seconds and No. 24 San Diego State escaped with a 65-64 win against San Diego on Thursday night after Duda Sanadze's 3-point shot bounced off the rim as time expired.
"From my angle, I thought it was going in," SDSU coach Steve Fisher said. "He had a pretty clean look. He's a good shooter and we had good fortune when it did not go in."