NMSU Wins Conference Home Opener


POSTED: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 9:45pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 10:56pm

LAS CRUCES (AP)-Troy Gillenwater scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds to lead New Mexico State to an 80-68 victory over Fresno State on Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Aggies (8-9, 2-1 Western Athletic) outscored Fresno State 43-37 in the second half and shot 58 percent for the game.

Hernst Laroche and Hamidu Rahman each scored 11 points and Tshilidzi Nephawe added 10.

Kevin Olekaibe led Fresno State (7-7, 3-1) as the only Bulldog in double figures with 23 points.

Neither team led by more than seven in the first half, but the Aggies finished off a tired Fresno State club, playing its third game in six days, with a 14-4 run in the first 6:17 of the second half. Hamidu Rahman’s three-point play put NMSU up 51-35 with 13:43 to play.

The Bulldogs closed to within 10 with 8:33 to play, but shot 4-of 15 (25.8 percent) from 3-point range in the second half and 8-of-31 for the game from long range.

New Mexico State outscored Fresno 15-3 in the last 5:43 of the first half for a 37-31 halftime break.

The Aggies were 11-of-14 from the foul line during the run while Fresno State was 1-for-3 from the foul line, going scoreless for nearly five minutes. NMSU finished 26-of-37 from the foul line for the game.

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