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Lofton, New Mexico St. beat Seattle 84-79 in WAC semis

LAS VEGAS (AP) Zach Lofton scored 31 points, including six 3-pointers, and Jemerrio Jones had his 19th double-double of the season to help New Mexico State beat Seattle 84-79 on Friday night in Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Jones finished with 12 points and 22 rebounds, his fifth game with at least 20 rebounds this season. AJ Harris added 16 points and Keyon Jones scored 12 for top-seeded New Mexico State (27-5).

The Aggies, who have won five in a row, will play No. 3 seed Grand Canyon in the championship game on Saturday. New Mexico State swept the regular-season series with Antelopes.

Harris made a layup that gave the Aggies the lead for good and sparked a 7-0 spurt that made it 71-65 with 4:26 to play. Josh Hearlihy's jumper cut Seattle's deficit to 81-79 with 21 seconds left, but Lofton answered with two free throws before Harris added another to cap the scoring.

Hearlihy and Jordan Hill led the fourth-seeded Redhawks (20-13) with 23 points apiece.

Lofton hit three 3s in the first six minutes as New Mexico State took a 13-point lead. He added two more 3-pointers before a third by Jonathan Wilkins made it 34-20 with five minutes left in the half. The Redhawks scored 23 of the final 26 first-half points to take a six-point lead into the break.

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Key Players
J. Hill
J. Jones
26.8 Min. Per Game 26.8
9.9 Pts. Per Game 9.9
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
11.6 Reb. Per Game 11.6
43.8 Field Goal % 46.6
45.7 Three Point % 5.9
78.3 Free Throw % 58.3
  Offensive rebound by Scott Ulaneo 1.0
  Collin Huun missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Collin Huun 7.0
  AJ Harris missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
+ 1 AJ Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Scott Ulaneo 7.0
  Defensive rebound by AJ Harris 9.0
  Matej Kavas missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
+ 1 Zach Lofton made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Zach Lofton made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Morgan Means 18.0
Team Stats
Points 79 84
Field Goals 26-64 (40.6%) 24-62 (38.7%)
3-Pointers 11-25 (44.0%) 12-23 (52.2%)
Free Throws 16-22 (72.7%) 24-37 (64.9%)
Total Rebounds 38 46
Offensive 8 15
Defensive 25 29
Team 5 2
Assists 10 10
Steals 5 5
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 8 9
Fouls 26 19
Technicals 2 1
23 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
31 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Seattle 20-13 433679
home team logo New Mex. St. 27-5 374784
Team Stats
away team logo Seattle 20-13 73.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 11.7 APG
home team logo New Mex. St. 27-5 78.1 PPG 39.6 RPG 14.7 APG
Key Players
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J. Hill G PPG RPG APG FG%
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Z. Lofton G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Hill G 23 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
Z. Lofton G 31 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
40.6 FG% 38.7
44.0 3PT FG% 52.2
72.7 FT% 64.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hill 23 5 3 8/21 2/6 5/7 5 36 1 0 1 0 5
R. Gittens 12 5 1 5/12 2/5 0/0 4 30 0 1 1 3 2
M. Kavas 11 4 2 3/8 3/6 2/2 3 28 1 0 2 0 4
A. Menzies 5 6 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 5 34 0 4 1 0 6
M. Means 5 3 1 1/5 1/3 2/2 3 31 2 0 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hill 23 5 3 8/21 2/6 5/7 5 36 1 0 1 0 5
R. Gittens 12 5 1 5/12 2/5 0/0 4 30 0 1 1 3 2
M. Kavas 11 4 2 3/8 3/6 2/2 3 28 1 0 2 0 4
A. Menzies 5 6 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 5 34 0 4 1 0 6
M. Means 5 3 1 1/5 1/3 2/2 3 31 2 0 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hearlihy 23 3 2 7/14 3/4 6/6 3 32 1 0 2 1 2
S. Ulaneo 0 6 0 0/0 0/0 0/3 2 9 0 1 0 3 3
C. Huun - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Spurgeon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Da Campo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Alperin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Corrigan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nettles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 33 10 26/64 11/25 16/22 26 200 5 6 8 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Lofton 31 5 2 7/18 6/11 11/15 3 32 1 1 2 0 5
A. Harris 16 2 3 6/11 2/3 2/8 2 34 2 3 2 0 2
J. Jones 12 22 2 5/8 0/0 2/2 3 28 0 1 2 6 16
J. Wilkins 9 6 0 2/9 1/3 4/5 1 24 0 0 0 4 2
S. N'Dir 2 1 0 0/2 0/0 2/4 3 22 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Lofton 31 5 2 7/18 6/11 11/15 3 32 1 1 2 0 5
A. Harris 16 2 3 6/11 2/3 2/8 2 34 2 3 2 0 2
J. Jones 12 22 2 5/8 0/0 2/2 3 28 0 1 2 6 16
J. Wilkins 9 6 0 2/9 1/3 4/5 1 24 0 0 0 4 2
S. N'Dir 2 1 0 0/2 0/0 2/4 3 22 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Jones 12 1 2 4/5 3/4 1/1 3 20 1 0 0 0 1
J. Garza 2 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
E. Chuha 0 5 1 0/7 0/0 0/0 0 12 1 0 1 4 1
J. McCants 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 1 1
S. Buchanan 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0
L. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hadley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 44 10 24/62 12/23 24/37 19 200 5 5 9 15 29