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Saint Mary's downs New Mexico State 73-58 behind Ford, Fitts

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Jordan Ford scored 28 points with five assists and Saint Mary's held off New Mexico State 73-58 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.

South Florida transfer Malik Fitts added 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his second game for the Gaels (3-0). Saint Mary's shot 48 percent to the Aggies' 36 and got 30 points from its bench.

Trailing by 18 in the second half, the Aggies rallied on a 10-2 run and closed to 55-48 on Ivan Aurrecoechea's free throw, then to 64-56 on AJ Harris' driving layup with 1:23 left. Ford hit six free throws down the stretch and Fitts sank a 3 with 18 seconds left to seal the win.

Jordan Hunter's layup broke open a back-and-forth game and put the Gaels up for good, 19-18, and they led 32-23 at halftime after holding the Aggies to 34.6 percent shooting.

Harris scored 17 points and Aurrecoechea added 12 for the Aggies (2-1).

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tanner Krebs 12.0
  Jabari Rice missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 3 Malik Fitts made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Ford 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Malik Fitts 44.0
  AJ Harris missed driving layup 46.0
+ 1 Jordan Ford made 2nd of 2 free throws 51.0
+ 1 Jordan Ford made 1st of 2 free throws 51.0
  Personal foul on Shunn Buchanan 51.0
+ 1 AJ Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 54.0
+ 1 AJ Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 54.0
  Shooting foul on Malik Fitts 54.0
Team Stats
Points 73 58
Field Goals 25-54 (46.3%) 20-55 (36.4%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 2-18 (11.1%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 34 32
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 27 22
Team 0 0
Assists 9 6
Steals 5 3
Blocks 0 1
Turnovers 8 6
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Saint Mary's 3-0 324173
home team logo New Mexico St. 2-1 233558
Team Stats
away team logo Saint Mary's 3-0 77.1 PPG 36.6 RPG 11.8 APG
home team logo New Mexico St. 2-1 78.7 PPG 38.6 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
3
J. Ford G 22.3 PPG 2.4 RPG 2.9 APG 51.6 FG%
12
A. Harris G 10.9 PPG 1.6 RPG 3.4 APG 42.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Ford G 28 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
A. Harris G 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
46.3 FG% 36.4
40.9 3PT FG% 11.1
87.5 FT% 69.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Ford 28 2 5 8/20 1/7 11/11 1 40 3 0 1 0 2
M. Fitts 20 8 0 8/16 4/7 0/0 3 37 1 0 0 2 6
E. Thomas 9 2 1 3/8 2/5 1/3 1 25 0 0 1 1 1
J. Hunter 2 5 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 14 1 0 1 2 3
T. Krebs 2 5 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 3 21 0 0 1 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Ford 28 2 5 8/20 1/7 11/11 1 40 3 0 1 0 2
M. Fitts 20 8 0 8/16 4/7 0/0 3 37 1 0 0 2 6
E. Thomas 9 2 1 3/8 2/5 1/3 1 25 0 0 1 1 1
J. Hunter 2 5 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 14 1 0 1 2 3
T. Krebs 2 5 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 3 21 0 0 1 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Kuhse 5 1 1 2/3 1/1 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 0 1
M. Tass 5 5 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 2 3
J. Perry 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Fotu 0 6 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 18 0 0 0 0 6
A. Menzies - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mudronja - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Clinton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 34 9 25/54 9/22 14/16 21 201 5 0 8 7 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Harris 17 2 1 7/15 1/6 2/2 2 25 0 0 3 1 1
E. Chuha 7 6 1 2/5 0/1 3/4 1 22 0 0 0 3 3
J. Zamora 3 2 0 1/7 0/3 1/2 1 19 0 0 1 1 1
C. Henry 1 2 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 14 0 0 0 0 2
C. Bobbitt 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Harris 17 2 1 7/15 1/6 2/2 2 25 0 0 3 1 1
E. Chuha 7 6 1 2/5 0/1 3/4 1 22 0 0 0 3 3
J. Zamora 3 2 0 1/7 0/3 1/2 1 19 0 0 1 1 1
C. Henry 1 2 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 14 0 0 0 0 2
C. Bobbitt 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Aurrecoechea 12 6 0 5/9 0/0 2/3 0 17 0 0 1 2 4
T. Brown 7 4 2 1/7 0/3 5/5 3 32 2 0 1 0 4
J. Rice 5 1 1 2/5 0/3 1/3 3 19 0 0 0 1 0
M. Thiam 4 2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 2 13 0 1 0 1 1
S. Buchanan 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 0 1
K. Jones 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 3
J. McCants - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Owens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. JeanLouis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 32 6 20/55 2/18 16/23 14 201 3 1 6 10 22