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Hawaii vs New Mexico State

New Mexico St. 92, Hawaii 81


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Wendell McKines led five New Mexico State players in double figures with 22 points, and the Aggies built a 20-point lead before holding off numerous Hawaii rallies in the second half for a 92-81 win over the Rainbow Warriors in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals on Friday night.

New Mexico State (25-9) will play for an NCAA tournament bid in Saturday night's final against No. 5 seed Louisiana Tech. The Aggies reached the conference finals for the third time since 2008.

The second-seeded Aggies blitzed the Warriors at the start, jumping out to 17-0 and 22-2 leads in the opening moments. Hawaii trimmed the deficit within single digits by halftime and got as close as 61-60 with 10:35 left but could never pull in front.

Shaquille Stokes led No. 6-seeded Hawaii (16-16) with 21 points and Vander Joaquim added 17.


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Hawaii Warriors
J. Thomas, F304-70-13238
H. Brereton, F265-90-020110
V. Joaquim, C366-95-551417
J. Ostrowski, G403-50-041336
S. Stokes, G357-164-422521
T. Wiseman214-62-212310
G. Jefferson83-51-12007
D. Rozitis31-10-00012
P. Minns10-00-00000
Totals 33-5812-1322202081
New Mexico State Aggies
W. McKines, F379-161-156222
T. Watson, F365-93-631113
H. Rahman, C141-31-23143
D. Mullings, G375-122-4104012
H. Laroche, G365-105-516118
T. Nephawe266-83-483215
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Western Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
New Mex. St.4-112-10172
Grand Canyon2-211-10268
Utah Valley2-27-11245
UT-Pan Am2-38-13311
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern7-214-4118
Georgia St.6-313-7103
UL Lafayette5-411-9228
App. St.5-58-11261
S. Alabama4-56-14308
Texas St.4-610-9214
Arkansas St.4-69-10253
Other games
UMass 77 Final
Temple 71
Iowa 75 Final
Mich St 92
MD 69 Final
NC 85
LSU 51 Final
Kentucky 60
Indiana 71 Final
Wisc 79
Alabama 63 Final
Florida 66
Minn 69 Final
Michigan 73
VT 56 Final
Cincinnati 71 Final
Syracuse 68
Baylor 81 Final
Kansas 72
Purdue 71 Final
Ohio St 88
Colo St 69 Final
Miami-FL 71 Final
Florida St 82
Louisville 64 Final
ND 50
Texas 67 Final
Missouri 81
N Mexico 72 Final