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WAC Tournament: New Mexico State holds on for title over UT Arlington

Published March 16, 2013 11:49 pm

WAC Tournament • Aggies stave off Arlington's rally.
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Las Vegas • Sim Bhullar had 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead New Mexico State to a 64-55 victory over UT Arlington on Saturday night for its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship.

Holding a 32-30 lead at halftime, New Mexico State (24-10) used a 19-8 run to open its biggest lead of the game, going up 51-38 with 11:27 left in the game.

The Aggies earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by staving off a furious rally by the Mavericks, who used Kevin Butler's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10:17 left to key a 15-5 run and pull within three points with 1:55 left in the game.

But Terrel de Rouen's soft jumper just outside the key with 1:17 remaining halted UT Arlington's surge and shifted the momentum back toward the Aggies, who closed the game on an 8-2 run to seal the win.

Daniel Mullings added 16 points and six rebounds for the third-seeded Aggies, while Bandja Sy contributed with 10 points and six boards.

Butler led the fourth-seed Mavericks (19-13) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. —

New Mexico State 64, UT Arlington 55

R Sim Bhullar scores 16 points and adds 15 rebounds to lead the Aggies to the WAC Tournament win.

• The Mavericks pull within three points in the last two minutes, but can't complete their rally.