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March 8, 2013

Aggies snap La Tech winning streak, 78-60

Aggie sophomore forward Daniel Mullings matched his jersey number tonight leading all scorers with 23 points and 8 rebounds and shot 50% from the floor leading NMSU (20-10, 13-4) over La Tech (26-4, 14-1) snapping their 18-game winning streak.

La Tech came into the Pan Am Center tonight riding an 18-game winning streak only to have it end at the hands of NMSU. The loss by La Tech and a win by Denver tonight means that La Tech is in a must win situation on Saturday night to clinch the regular-season championship title.

Mullings had a highlight-reel dunk that hopefully will lead him out of his five game slump. It must have helped as he was 7 of 14 from the floor along with eight rebounds and was the dominant player on the court.

Aggie senior forward Tyrone Watson finished the night with a solid performance as well with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Watson was slightly injured during the game as a La Tech player accidentally rolled-up on his ankle while scrambling for a loose ball. Watson was able to walk off the court under his own power and eventually returned to finish the game.

La Tech started the game red-hot from the floor shooting a blistering 70% (7 of 10) and jumped out to a 21-10 lead early. The Aggies fought back to tie the game minutes later at 23-23 on a 13 to 2 run. The Aggies then led 25-23 and took the lead for good.

The Aggies led at halftime, 43-34, led by senior Bandja Sy and Daniel Mullings on several Bulldog turnovers converted into points.

The second half was more of the Daniel Mullings show, or "Air Canada" as he's affectionately known as by Aggie fans. Mullings scored on a dunk with an assist by freshman center Sim Bhullar that got the Aggie fans into the game. Seconds later, Bandja Sy threw down a dunk as well prompting a La Tech timeout.

Bulldog head coach Mike White must have been unhappy with what he saw at the start of the second half as he substituted all five starters with players off the bench. It sent a message to his team as they then fought back to trim the Aggie lead to just 4 points at 50-46 with 12:59 remaining.

NMSU then responded by limiting La Tech's offense the remainder of the half while outscoring the Bulldogs, 26 to 14 to seal the victory.

NMSU closes out the 2012-13 season this Saturday against UT-San Antonio on Senior Night. Aggies seniors Bandja Sy and Tyrone Watson will be playing their final home games in an Aggie uniform.

Game time is set for 7:00pm Saturday night in the Pan Am Center.


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