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Senate defeats House 32-29 in double OT thriller

SANTA FE, N.M. — The legislative basketball trophy — and a year’s worth of bragging rights — are staying in the New Mexico Senate.

The Senate outlasted the House 32-29 last night in a game that went to double overtime, marking the third consecutive year the Senate has won the annual contest.

With the House trailing and the clock ticking toward zero, Rep. Andres Romero, D-Albuquerque, sent the game into overtime with a buzzer-beating jump shot.

But the Senate wasn’t unfazed by the late-game heroics, and Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, iced the game in overtime with clutch free-throw shooting. Morales led all scorers with 13 points, according to KRQE-TV.

The legislative basketball game raises funds for the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last night’s contest raised a total of $22,347 for UNM’s cancer-fighting efforts.

The Senate “Lobos” team was coached by UNM football coach Bob Davie, while the House “Aggies” were coached by New Mexico State University football coach Doug Martin.