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Aggies Blow Big Second-Half Lead

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From Journal Reports

NIAGARA, N.Y. — Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings scored a season-high 26 points, but New Mexico State squandered a 12-point lead in the second half Sunday as Niagra rallied for an 86-83 victory in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project.

Juan’Ya Green scored 28 points, Antoine Mason added 19 and Scooter Gillette scored eight of his 10 points during a key second half run for Niagara.

New Mexico State (1-3) led 73-61 in the second half before Green hit two 3-pointers and Gillette made a layup to close the gap to 75-69. Gillette’s layup tied the game 78-all with 4:44 remaining and his dunk with 2:22 capped a 23-5 run and gave Niagara an 84-78 lead.

New Mexico State, which led 48-31 at halftime, closed the gap to 84-83 and Niagara (2-2) missed two layups and a dunk over the final minute, but Mullings missed a layup of his own on the Aggies’ second-to-last possession.

NIAGARA 86,

NEW MEXICO STATE 83

NEW MEXICO STATE (1-3) Sy 3-9 3-4 10, Watson 3-6 0-0 8, Nephawe 6-7 2-2 14, Ross-Miller 0-3 2-2 2, Mullings 9-14 6-6 26, Bhullar 3-3 1-3 7, Aronis 1-2 1-2 3, Weary 0-1 0-0 0, de Rouen 2-5 4-5 9, Dixon 1-3 2-3 4. Totals 28-53 21-27 83.

NIAGARA (2-2) Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Green 10-17 5-7 28, Tanksley 1-1 1-2 3, Mason 5-9 9-10 19, Jordan 5-11 2-2 15, Cline 1-3 0-0 3, Lemmons 1-6 2-2 4, McCall 1-3 2-2 4, Gillette 4-6 2-3 10. Totals 28-56 23-28 86.

Halftime—New Mexico St. 48-32. 3-Point Goals—New Mexico St. 6-15 (Watson 2-2, Mullings 2-3, de Rouen 1-3, Sy 1-5, Weary 0-1, Aronis 0-1), Niagara 7-21 (Green 3-6, Jordan 3-9, Cline 1-3, Lemmons 0-1, Mason 0-2). Fouled Out—Bhullar. Rebounds—New Mexico St. 35 (Nephawe 10), Niagara 26 (Mason 7). Assists—New Mexico St. 18 (Watson 5), Niagara 14 (Green 6). Total Fouls—New Mexico St. 21, Niagara 23. Technicals—Nephawe, Mason, Niagara Bench. A—1,593.

— This article appeared on page B5 of the Albuquerque Journal

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