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February 7, 2013

Aggies hold off Idaho, 76-74

Aggie sophomore guard Daniel Mullings came up big when it counted most with 14 seconds remaining hitting two crucial free throws to propel NMSU over Idaho, 76-74, in front of 5,675 fans in the Pan Am Center.

Mullings finished the night with only seven points, possibly one of his worse, if not the worst, outing as an Aggie in his short career at NMSU.

Aggie freshman center Sim Bhullar scored 20 points and five rebounds to lead the Aggies in the scoring column, followed by senior forward Bandja Sy with nine points and fifteen rebounds. Aggie junior forward Renaldo Dixon and sophomore guard Terrel de Rouen each scored 12 points.

The Aggies led at half by one, 36-35. The Aggies started the first half scoreless for the first 4:05. They eventually got on track and fought back to take the one point lead into the locker room.

The second half was a game of point runs as both teams would gain game momentum only to lose it to the other team. The Aggies led by 11 with 6:14 remaining in regulation on a 3-pointer by junior guard Kevin Aronis. Aronis finished the night with 9 points; all of them on 3-point shots, but his 9 points were key to stopping the Idaho point runs and shifting momentum to the Aggies side.

In the closing minutes of the game, the Aggies led by four, 74-69 on two Sim Bhullar free throws. Over the course of the next 1:01 of play, Idaho was able to tie the game at 74-74 on a Connor Hill three-point bucket. Coach Marvin Menzies called a timeout with 0:42 remaining.

On the next play, Aggie sophomore guard Terrel de Rouen missed an open jumper but the ball was rebounded by Bandja Sy who was fouled with 0:26 remaining and was granted a one-and-one free throw attempt. Sy missed the front-end of the one-and-one and the ball was rebounded by Idaho. Idaho guard Mike McChristian turned the ball over by accidentally dribbling the ball off his foot. Daniel Mullings was then fouled on a layup attempt on the unforced turnover. Mullings proceeded to hit both free throws and put the Aggies up for good, 76-74.

On the next play, Idaho attempted a desperation shot right before the buzzer that was tipped-in by Kyle Barone, but it was ruled no good as time had expired.

The Aggies, (16-8, 10-2) now face Seattle on Saturday night at the Pan Am Center. Tip-off is 7:00 pm.


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