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Aggie men reach tournament final in Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Shawn Williams had 13 points and Johnny mccCants added 10 off the bench as New Mexico State easily beat South Florida 65-45 in the Cayman Islands Classic on Tuesday.

The Aggies (4-3) face the winner of the Nebraska-George Mason semifinal in Wednesday’s championship game (5:30 p.m., FloHoops.com, 99.7 FM in Las Cruces, 1150 AM in Albuquerque).

Trevelin Queen added 10 points apiece for New Mexico State. Williams made three of New Mexico State’s 11 3-pointers.

McCants scored all 10 of his points in the first half, making 4 of 5 from the field, as the Aggies closed the half on a 10-0 run for a 32-20 lead.

Laquincy Rideau had 13 points for the Bulls (3-3), who shot 34% from the field.

NEW MEXICO ST. (4-3)

Bobbitt 3-5 0-0 7, Aurrecoechea 1-5 3-6 5, Buchanan 2-4 1-1 5, T.Brown 1-2 0-0 3, Queen 4-7 0-0 10, McCants 4-7 0-0 10, McNair 1-2 0-0 2, R.Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Joseph 0-1 0-0 0, S.Williams 4-7 2-3 13, Rice 3-8 0-0 8, Rewalt 0-0 0-0 0, Owens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 6-10 65.

SOUTH FLORIDA (3-3)

Durr 3-6 0-0 6, Dawson 1-3 3-4 6, Collins 3-10 0-0 6, Rideau 4-7 3-5 13, J.Brown 1-8 0-0 2, Akec 0-0 2-2 2, Mack 2-2 0-0 5, Maricevic 0-1 0-0 0, Castaneda 1-6 0-0 2, R.Williams 1-3 0-0 3, Chaplin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 8-11 45.

Halftime—New Mexico St. 32-20. 3-Point Goals—New Mexico St. 11-21 (S.Williams 3-6, McCants 2-3, Rice 2-4, Queen 2-4, Bobbitt 1-2, T.Brown 1-2), South Florida 5-17 (Rideau 2-3, Mack 1-1, Dawson 1-1, R.Williams 1-2, Chaplin 0-1, Castaneda 0-2, Collins 0-3, J.Brown 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—New Mexico St. 30 (McCants, Aurrecoechea 7), South Florida 25 (Durr 6). Assists—New Mexico St. 12 (Buchanan 5), South Florida 7 (Castaneda 4). Total Fouls—New Mexico St. 12, South Florida 14.

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