Aggies drop hoops opener in Hawaii

HONOLULU — David Brown scored a career-high 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left to lift Western Michigan past New Mexico State 70-64 Friday in a first-round game at the Rainbow Classic.
The Aggies cut the Western Michigan lead to two points with 18 seconds left, but Connar Tava started a run of five straight free throws by converting a pair to make it 67-64. After New Mexico State was whistled for a technical foul with 2 seconds left, Brown converted a pair of free throws to make it 69-64. Austin Richie hit the first of two to finish the scoring.
Kellen McCormick had 14 points and Richie added 10 for the Broncos.
Tshilidzi Nephawe had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead New Mexico State. Kevin Aronis missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds that would have tied the game.
The Aggies return to action Saturday, 8 p.m. MST, in the event against Tennessee State.

W. MICHIGAN 70, NEW MEXICO ST. 64
W. MICHIGAN (1-0)
Washington 0-0 0-0 0, Haymond 1-5 0-0 2, Tava 1-7 5-5 7, Klein 4-6 0-0 9, Brown 8-16 6-7 25, Richie 3-3 1-3 10, Matasovic 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 0-2 2-2 2, Avery 0-2 1-2 1, McCormick 5-12 1-1 14. Totals 22-53 16-20 70.
NEW MEXICO ST. (0-1)
Landry 1-3 3-4 6, Eldridge 2-8 4-6 8, S. Bhullar 3-5 3-6 9, Barry 3-8 4-4 10, Aronis 0-5 0-0 0, Ross-Miller 0-2 4-4 4, Nephawe 8-11 2-7 18, Buovac 0-2 0-0 0, Mullings 2-8 3-6 7, Dixon 0-3 2-3 2. Totals 19-55 25-40 64.
Halftime:W. Michigan 32-28. 3-Point Goals: W. Michigan 10-25 (Richie 3-3, Brown 3-8, McCormick 3-8, Klein 1-1, Perry 0-1, Haymond 0-1, Tava 0-3), New Mexico St. 1-11 (Landry 1-1, Mullings 0-1, Eldridge 0-2, Buovac 0-2, Aronis 0-5). Fouled Out:None. Rebounds: W. Michigan 30 (Perry 6), New Mexico St. 47 (Nephawe 8). Assists:W. Michigan 8 (Tava 3), New Mexico St. 9 (Ross-Miller 4). Total Fouls: W. Michigan 26, New Mexico St. 17. Technical: New Mexico St. Bench. A: 5,720.

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