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Aggie men romp past UT Rio Grande Valley

EDINBURG, Texas — Jemerrio Jones scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as New Mexico State beat UT Rio Grande Valley 86-71 on Saturday in their regular-season finale.

Zach Lofton added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnathon Wilkins had 16 points and A.J. Harris 15 for the Aggies (25-5, 12-2 Western Athletic Conference), who finished first in the conference standings and head to the WAC tournament quarterfinals in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., as the No. 1 seed. They’ll open with eighth-seeded Chicago State (3-28, 1-13) on Thursday.

The Aggies took a lead in the first half and a Harris 3-pointer capped an 11-5 surge midway to give them a 27-16 advantage. They stretched it to 48-33 at halftime.

Lofton, Keyon Jones and Sidy N’Dir drained 3-pointers, and Wilkins and Jemerrio Jones made dunks in a 13-3 start to the second half for a 61-36 lead and the Aggies cruised from there.

Nick Dixon scored 14 points for the Vaqueros (15-16, 6-8), who are the WAC’s fifth seed. They will play fourth-seeded Seattle (19-11, 8-5) in another quarterfinal matchup Thursday.

Should New Mexico State and UT Rio Grande both win Thursday, they would meet again Friday in the tournament semifinals.

Thursday: WAC tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.: New Mexico State vs. Chicago State, quarterfinals, 7 p.m., espn3.com, 99.5 FM (Las Cruces), 1150 AM (Albuquerque)

NEW MEXICO ST. 86, RIO GRANDE 71

NEW MEXICO ST. (25-5)

J.Jones 7-9 4-5 18, Wilkins 7-9 1-2 16, N’Dir 1-4 2-2 5, Harris 6-15 1-2 15, Lofton 4-8 7-8 17, Chuha 1-2 1-5 3, McCants 3-5 0-2 6, Gordon 0-0 0-0 0, Hadley 0-2 0-0 0, K.Jones 2-4 0-0 6, Miles 0-0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0-2 0-0 0, Garza 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 16-26 86.

RIO GRANDE (15-16)

Winn 3-7 1-2 7, Crnogorac 1-3 0-0 2, Dixon 4-13 5-7 14, Levi 2-7 6-8 10, Bowie 0-6 4-4 4, Kimasa 0-1 1-2 1, Varner 1-2 1-2 3, Hoffman 3-5 0-0 8, Rwabigwi 1-1 0-0 2, McDonald 2-7 3-5 8, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Stallworth 4-4 1-3 11, McDaniel 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 21-59 23-35 71.

Halftime—New Mexico St. 48-33. 3-Point Goals—New Mexico St. 8-24 (K.Jones 2-4, Lofton 2-5, Harris 2-8, Wilkins 1-1, N’Dir 1-2, Hadley 0-1, Buchanan 0-1, Garza 0-2), Rio Grande 6-24 (Stallworth 2-2, Hoffman 2-3, McDonald 1-5, Dixon 1-6, McDaniel 0-1, Levi 0-3, Bowie 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—New Mexico St. 45 (J.Jones 13), Rio Grande 33 (Winn 6). Assists—New Mexico St. 27 (Harris 7), Rio Grande 13 (McDonald 5). Total Fouls—New Mexico St. 25, Rio Grande 23. A—1,203 (2,500).

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