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Fresno State was trying to beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2002.

At halftime, the school honored Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, raising a jersey to the rafters as a sold-out crowd of 14,801 cheered loudly.

The Aztecs shot 61.9 percent from the field in the first half, including 5 of 8 behind the 3-point line. Fresno State shot 46.2 percent and went 4 of 8 from long range.

San Diego State led 40-35 at the break behind 11 points each from Thames and Quinn.