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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Xavier Thames scored a career-high 29 points and San Diego State held off a late rally to beat No. 25 Marquette 67-59 in championship game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.
The game was tied at 53 with 3½ minutes remaining, but the Aztecs (5-1) closed with a 14-4 run to knock off their second ranked opponent in two games.
Thames, who was named tournament MVP, shot 7 of 16 from the field, including 5 for 6 from three-point range. He also drained six free throws in the finals 40 seconds to secure the win.
Josh Davis had a game-high 11 rebounds and joined Thames on the all-tournament team, and Dakari Allen and Winston Shepard each scored eight points for SDSU.
Deonte Burton scored 15 points to lead Marquette (5-3), which lost to its second unranked opponent in a week.