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Senate beats House 36-29 in charity basketball game

SANTA FE — The streak lives on.

The New Mexico Senate “Lobos” defeated the House “Aggies” by a 36-29 score last night at Santa Fe High, extending its win streak in the annual legislative basketball game to four years.

Despite having a shallower bench — the Senate has 42 members, the House has 70 — the Senate rode the play of Bill Soules of Las Cruces, Howie Morales of Silver City, Bill O’Neill of Albuquerque and Cliff Pirtle of Roswell to notch the win.

There were no major injuries reported, though several senators complained today about the smell of Bengay permeating the chambers.

The charity game also raised $30,486 for the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, the event’s primary beneficiary.