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Aggie men win narrowly over UMKC

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Terrell Brown scored 18 points, Ivan Aurrecoechea added nine, including a go-ahead layup, and New Mexico State beat UMKC 74-71 on Saturday night to win its sixth straight.

Aurrecoechea’s layup made it 56-54 with 6:39 left and sparked a 15-3 run that included three straight 3-pointers, but UMKC closed to 74-71 on Rob Whitfield’s layup with three seconds to go. The Kangaroos’ Marvin Nesbitt Jr. got a steal but missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Jabari Rice scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made six assists for the Aggies (12-6, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference), scoring the team’s first double-double of the season. Trevelin Queen added 16 points and six rebounds.

Jordan Giles scored 16 points and Whitfield added 14 for the Kangaroos (9-9, 2-2), who trailed 42-33 at halftime. Jashire Hardnett and Nesbitt scored 13 apiece and Nesbitt had seven rebounds.

The Aggies shot a Chris Jans coaching era record 61.7-percent (29-of-47) from the field in their 18th-consecutive WAC regular season victory. It’s also their 21st consecutive win over a WAC opponent.

Kansas City shot 54.2-percent (13-of-24) from distance and 45.6-percent from the field in their second-straight WAC setback.

New Mexico State matches up against Utah Valley on the road on Thursday (7 p.m. ESPN+, the ESPN app, 1150 AM in Albuquerque). Kansas City plays Cal State Bakersfield at home on Thursday.

 

New Mexico St. 74, UMKC 71

UMKC (9-9)

Hardnett 5-13 2-5 13, Giles 5-11 2-2 16, Whitfield 5-7 0-0 14, Nesbitt 5-9 0-2 13, Klanjscek 1-5 0-0 3, McKissic 3-6 0-0 6, Allick 0-1 0-0 0, Z.Williams 2-4 2-3 6, Kamgain 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 26-57 6-14 71.

NEW MEXICO ST. (12-6)

Rice 5-8 1-2 13, Queen 7-10 0-0 16, T.Brown 7-11 1-2 18, McCants 4-5 0-1 9, Gilyard 1-3 2-3 4, Aurrecoechea 4-7 1-2 9, Bobbitt 1-2 0-0 2, Buchanan 0-0 1-2 1, McNair 0-1 0-0 0, S.Williams 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 29-47 8-14 74.

Halftime—New Mexico St. 42-33. 3-Point Goals—UMKC 13-24 (Whitfield 4-4, Giles 4-7, Nesbitt 3-4, Hardnett 1-2, Klanjscek 1-4, Allick 0-1, Kamgain 0-1, McKissic 0-1), New Mexico St. 8-18 (T.Brown 3-7, Rice 2-3, Queen 2-4, McCants 1-2, Bobbitt 0-1, Gilyard 0-1). Fouled Out—Giles, Gilyard. Rebounds—UMKC 22 (Nesbitt 7), New Mexico St. 31 (Rice 10). Assists—UMKC 15 (McKissic 5), New Mexico St. 20 (Rice 6). Total Fouls—UMKC 22, New Mexico St. 18. A—4,517 (12,482).

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