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Saturday, March 21, 2009

K-State falls to San Diego State in NIT

Kansas State's Denis Clemente, left, and Darren Kent, right, look on late in the second half of a second-round NIT college basketball game against San Diego State on Friday, March 20, 2009, in San Diego. San Diego State won 70-52. (AP Photo/)

Kansas State's Denis Clemente, left, and Darren Kent, right, look on late in the second half of a second-round NIT college basketball game against San Diego State on Friday, March 20, 2009, in San Diego. San Diego State won 70-52. (AP Photo/)

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— Kyle Spain scored 16 points, and Richie Williams added 14 as the pair keyed a second-half surge to lead San Diego State to a 70-52 victory over Kansas State in the second round of the NIT on Friday night.

San Diego State (25-9) set a school record for wins and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals, marking the first time in its Div. I history the Aztecs advanced beyond the second round of a national postseason tournament.

Denis Clemente led Kansas State (22-12) with 12 points, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer made just five of 15 shots. Kansas State never led and never recovered after falling behind by 10 points six minutes into the second half.

Billy White added 15 points for the Aztecs, who shot 53.1 percent and held the Wildcats to just 31.7 percent shooting.

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