Colorado State injured player J.J. Avila talks with his teammates during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State in the semifinal round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in La
Isaac Brekken
March 14, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) Winston Shepard and Aqeel Quinn had 16 points apiece as second-seeded San Diego State beat third-seeded Colorado State 56-43 in the Mountain West Conference semifinals on Friday night.

Quinn's 3-pointer with 6:47 left ended a 4:20 scoring drought and sparked an 11-3 run to give the San Diego State its largest lead at 56-41. The Aztecs (26-7) face fourth-seeded Wyoming in the championship on Saturday. San Diego State swept the season series with the Cowboys.

Colorado State's scoring and rebounding leader, J.J. Avila, sat out with an ankle injury sustained from Thursday night's quarterfinal game. Avila scored 53 points in the two regular season games against the Aztecs this season.

Shepard scored half his points on four thunderous dunks, the last making it 41-27 to cap the Aztecs' early second-half surge.

Dwayne Polee II scored all 12 of his points in the first half, including two 3-pointers, to help San Diego State build a 24-18 halftime lead.

Stanton Kidd led the Rams (27-6) with 10 points and eight rebounds.

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