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New Mexico State knocks off No. 6 Miami 63-54 in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) Buoyed by a staunch defensive effort and gritty play down the stretch, New Mexico State got a defining win for the program.

Zach Lofton scored 15 points and the Aggies knocked off No. 6 Miami 63-54 in the Diamond Head Classic semifinals Saturday night.

New Mexico State (11-2) beat a ranked team for the first time in 10 seasons and handed the Hurricanes (10-1) their first loss, leaving Villanova, Arizona State and TCU the lone undefeated Division I teams in the country.

Lofton had nine rebounds and three assists, and AJ Harris and Sidy N'Dir had 10 points apiece for New Mexico State.

''We don't get many opportunities like this to play highly-ranked teams on a neutral court,'' coach Chris Jans said. ''And when you have those opportunities you've got to take full advantage of it and I couldn't be more proud of the group of guys than I am right now.''

New Mexico State took the lead for good with 3:43 left in the first half on a baseline drive by Johnathon Wilkins to make it 23-21.

''We talked, in our timeouts, about having that same mindset,'' Jans said. ''Even though we were leading, to continue to defend and rebound like we were behind and to play with a sense of urgency and to not relax and I think the fellas kind of rallied around that.''

Miami cut it to 54-53 on Bruce Brown Jr.'s two free throws with 1:25 remaining, but Lofton made a deep 3-pointer from the right wing to make it a two-possession game.

''It just came down to toughness,'' Lofton said. ''Our team showed toughness.''

DJ Vasiljevic led Miami with 15 points, Brown had 13 and Dewan Huell 10.

''What we told the team before the game was (the Aggies) sometimes make difficult shots and don't be surprised if they do it,'' Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. ''It's not an accident if they do it, (because) they do that from time to time. Unfortunately, it was at critical times, when we were starting to make a run and there's nothing you can do about that.''

The Hurricanes led by seven during the first half.

New Mexico State led at halftime 29-25 in the first meeting between the schools.

BIG PICTURE

New Mexico State: It was the Aggies' first win over a ranked opponent since March 3, 2007, when they beat then-No. 13 Nevada 80-73. They had lost their last 18 games against ranked opponents until Saturday.

Miami: The Hurricanes were held to one of their poorest shooting performances this season. They shot just 34 percent from the field (18 of 53), well below their season average of 49.6 percent. They entered averaging 76.8 points per game.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Miami was a dismal 2-of-18 shooting (11.1 percent) from 3-point range, with the lone makes coming from Vasiljevic. The Hurricanes entered the game shooting at a 38.6-percent clip from beyond the arc.

AN UNHAPPY MEMORY

Saturday marked the 35th anniversary of Division-II Chaminade's upset of then-No. 1 Virginia, which took place in Honolulu. Larranaga, an assistant on the Cavaliers staff at the time, was asked what he remembers from the game.

''What I remember is we were the No. 1 team in the country and we had Ralph Sampson,'' Larranaga said. ''We had just beaten Georgetown with Patrick Ewing and Houston with Hakeen Olajuwon and we came here and the game was called the greatest upset in college basketball history and still thirty-five years later people are bringing it up to me, so it's not a great memory for me, but I'm sure it is to Chaminade and the people on the island.''

UP NEXT

New Mexico State will try to make it five straight wins when it faces Southern California for the tournament title Monday.

Miami looks to get back into the win column against Middle Tennessee in the third-place game Monday.

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Key Players
J. Jones
10 F
B. Brown Jr.
11 G
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
10.5 Pts. Per Game 10.5
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
46.1 Field Goal % 42.6
9.5 Three Point % 26.1
51.9 Free Throw % 63.2
+ 2 Zach Lofton made dunk 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Zach Lofton 8.0
  Bruce Brown Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 1 Zach Lofton made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Zach Lofton made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Ja'Quan Newton 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Zach Lofton 19.0
  Dejan Vasiljevic missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Dejan Vasiljevic 31.0
  AJ Harris missed free throw 31.0
  Personal foul on Chris Lykes 31.0
Team Stats
Points 63 54
Field Goals 24-67 (35.8%) 18-53 (34.0%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 2-18 (11.1%)
Free Throws 8-13 (61.5%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 43 38
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 27 28
Team 4 1
Assists 7 4
Steals 6 1
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 7 13
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo New Mex. St. 11-2 293463
home team logo 6 Miami (Fla.) 10-1 252954
Team Stats
away team logo New Mex. St. 11-2 75.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo 6 Miami (Fla.) 10-1 73.8 PPG 37.7 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
23
Z. Lofton G 20.1 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.7 APG 45.6 FG%
1
D. Vasiljevic G 9.0 PPG 2.5 RPG 0.4 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Lofton G 15 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
D. Vasiljevic G 15 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
35.8 FG% 34.0
28.0 3PT FG% 11.1
61.5 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Lofton 33 15 9 3 3 0 0 1 4/15 1/6 6/6 1 8
A. Harris 31 10 1 0 1 1 0 2 5/8 0/1 0/1 0 1
S. N'Dir 31 10 5 1 1 0 2 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 3 2
J. Wilkins 17 7 3 0 1 0 1 3 3/6 1/1 0/0 2 1
J. Jones 20 6 8 2 0 0 1 4 3/10 0/2 0/0 3 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Lofton 33 15 9 3 3 0 0 1 4/15 1/6 6/6 1 8
A. Harris 31 10 1 0 1 1 0 2 5/8 0/1 0/1 0 1
S. N'Dir 31 10 5 1 1 0 2 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 3 2
J. Wilkins 17 7 3 0 1 0 1 3 3/6 1/1 0/0 2 1
J. Jones 20 6 8 2 0 0 1 4 3/10 0/2 0/0 3 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Chuha 30 8 8 0 0 0 2 4 3/14 1/6 1/2 1 7
S. Buchanan 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 0
K. Jones 17 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1
J. McCants 10 1 4 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 1/4 2 2
J. Garza - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hadley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 39 7 6 1 7 19 24/67 7/25 8/13 12 27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Vasiljevic 33 15 5 1 0 0 1 2 6/11 2/6 1/1 0 5
B. Brown Jr. 32 13 7 1 0 0 2 1 3/10 0/4 7/9 2 5
D. Huell 27 10 9 1 0 2 0 3 4/6 0/0 2/4 3 6
J. Newton 27 5 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/8 0/1 1/1 1 2
A. Lawrence II 29 4 4 1 0 2 2 2 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Vasiljevic 33 15 5 1 0 0 1 2 6/11 2/6 1/1 0 5
B. Brown Jr. 32 13 7 1 0 0 2 1 3/10 0/4 7/9 2 5
D. Huell 27 10 9 1 0 2 0 3 4/6 0/0 2/4 3 6
J. Newton 27 5 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/8 0/1 1/1 1 2
A. Lawrence II 29 4 4 1 0 2 2 2 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Izundu 17 4 3 0 1 0 2 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 3
L. Walker IV 18 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 0/5 0/1 2/3 2 2
C. Lykes 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 0/5 0/4 1/2 0 1
R. Miller Jr. 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
S. Waardenburg 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Stowell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 54 37 4 1 4 13 17 18/53 2/18 16/22 9 28