New Mexico State vs Louisiana Tech

New Mexico St. 83, Louisiana Tech 73

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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
 57.1%61.5% 
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
 34.7%53.3% 
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern7-014-687
UT-Arlington5-215-556
Arkansas St.5-214-674
Georgia St.5-212-7114
Texas St.4-311-8274
Coast. Car.4-39-11186
UL Lafayette3-413-7124
Little Rock3-412-8213
Troy3-411-10220
S. Alabama2-59-11227
App. St.1-66-12264
UL-Monroe0-76-14292

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.7-017-329
La. Tech6-114-6178
Marshall5-212-894
UAB5-212-8120
UT-San Antonio4-29-10294
Old Dominion4-311-8144
UTEP3-35-13339
Rice3-413-7167
Charlotte3-49-9229
Western Ky.3-49-11221
So. Miss3-46-13337
FAU1-65-13334
FIU1-65-15342
North Texas0-76-13307
 
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
TXTCH 60
DART 47 Final
HARV 63
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
GONZ 82
MRST 87 Final
Aus Peay 75
Miss St 88 Final
Arkansas 98