New Mexico State vs Louisiana Tech

New Mexico St. 83, Louisiana Tech 73


RUSTON, La. (AP) - Wendell McKines scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as New Mexico State took control early in an 83-73 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

McKines, who shot 9 of 13 from the field, posted his ninth double-double of the season as the Aggies (11-5) won their third straight game and sixth in their last seven.

The Bulldogs took their only lead at 4-2 with 18:31 to go. After four ties, New Mexico State built a nine-point first-half lead.

Louisiana Tech opened the second half with a Brandon Gibson layup to make it 40-36, then the Aggies used a 6-0 run to pull away.

Tyrone Watson and Hernst Laroche added 14 apiece for New Mexico State.

Raheem Appleby scored 19 to lead the Bulldogs (8-8), who have lost three of their last four. Louisiana Tech had a 44-42 rebounding advantage.

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New Mexico State Aggies
W. McKines, F369-136-9144125
T. Watson, F347-80-033514
H. Rahman, C235-71-360411
H. Laroche, G394-115-742214
D. Mullings, G364-70-110318
B. Sy142-63-44037
T. Nephawe120-21-21251
R. Barry61-20-00013
Totals 32-5616-2642142283
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
R. Souza, F183-44-820410
R. Appleby, G329-210-150219
B. Gibson, G305-125-771316
T. Gaskins, G241-63-54435
K. McNeaill, G203-62-21038
K. Smith293-90-04638
C. Johnson162-100-22005
M. Kyser150-30-06020
J. Lewis90-21-24011
L. Smith70-21-32011
Totals 26-7516-3044112273
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Little Rock17-330-542
UL Lafayette12-819-15156
Ga. Southern10-1014-17243
Georgia St.9-1116-14180
Texas St.8-1215-16238
S. Alabama8-1214-19240
Arkansas St.7-1311-20284
App. St.7-139-22259

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.13-525-1078
La. Tech12-623-9122
Old Dominion12-622-13140
Western Ky.8-1018-16158
North Texas7-1112-20295
So. Miss5-138-21315
UT-San Antonio3-155-27347
Other games
Florida 56 Final
Tenn 67
GTOWN 62 Final
W Virg 74
DUKE 81 Final
GT 74
Missouri 59 Final
K-State 75
Baylor 73 Final
DART 47 Final
Kansas 72 Final
Oklahoma 61
BC 60 Final
NC 83
Ohio St 76 Final
Iowa 47
MU 66 Final
Syracuse 73
SC 64 Final
Kentucky 79
ND 67 Final
Louisville 65
Miami-FL 51 Final
Virginia 52
UConn 60 Final
RUT 67
SACL 60 Final
MRST 87 Final
Aus Peay 75
Miss St 88 Final
Arkansas 98