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 (11-5) «404383
Louisiana Tech (8-8)343973

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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
UT-Arlington14-427-945
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339
 
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