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Aggies sweep Spartans, NMSU men win 12th straight

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Bandja Sy had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead New Mexico State to its 12th consecutive victory, 67-57 over San Jose State on Thursday night.

The Aggies (18-8, 12-2 WAC) trailed 25-23 at the 5:04 mark of the first half, then scored 25 unanswered points over roughly the next 10 minutes. Their biggest lead, 55-31, came on a Kevin Aronis 3 with 11:40 to play.


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Aggie Renaldo Dixon scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Daniel Mullings chipped in with a team-high 15 points, and Sim Bhullar had 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks. The Aggies had 10 blocks and tied the single-season school record at 141 set in 1994-95.

NMSU men at Utah St., 9 p.m., ESPNU, 101.7 FM; Utah St. at NMSU women, 6:30 p.m.

Bhullar blocked a game-high four shots. The 7-foot-5 center now has 55 career blocks, most ever by an Aggie freshman and second on the NMSU single-season list.

Xavier Jones scored a game-high 17 points for San Jose State (9-15, 3-10).

The Aggies’ win streak is still well short of the school-record 21, set in 1937-38.

NMSU WOMEN 90, SJSU 70: In Las Cruces, Danesia Williamson’s 19 points led six Aggies in double figures as NMSU ended an eight-game losing streak and an offensive slump in staggering fashion.

“This is the team that I knew we could be from the start of the season,” coach Mark Trakh said.

NMSU (10-14, 4-10) hit 15 3-pointers and scored 31 points off turnovers by the Spartans (9-15, 6-7).

Abby Scott added five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Sasha Weber scored 16, and Kelzie Rozendall had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

NMSU rolled despite being outscored 21-7 on free throws.

Saturday NMSU men at Utah St., 9 p.m., ESPNU, 101.7 FM; Utah St. at NMSU women, 6:30 p.m.

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— This article appeared on page D3 of the Albuquerque Journal