New Mexico St. 76, Pacific 74

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)—Fred Peete scored 19 points and New Mexico State held Pacific to only one field goal in the final three minutes to pull out a 76-74 win Tuesday night.

Pacific grabbed a 69-67 lead with 3:12 to play. After a pair of free throws, the Tigers wouldn’t score again until Wolfgang Raffety launched a desperation 3-pointer with less than a second to play. It wasn’t enough as the Aggies only had to inbound the ball to secure the win.

Justin Hawkins finished with 18 points for NMSU (1-0), Shaun Davis added 14 and Elijah Ingram had another 10 points in the winning effort.

C.J. Morgan led the way for the Tigers with 23 points, including 5 3-pointers.

Pacific (1-1) racked up 22 turnovers, four of them coming in the final three minutes of a game in which neither team led by more than 9 points at any given time.

NMSU trailed for most of the opening half but hit 5 of 9 3-pointers and had six players with at least four points to keep the game close. The Aggies finished the half on a 7-3 run capped by a pair of free throws by Hawkins.

NMSU built on a 38-37 halftime lead with a 10-4 run early in the second half. That gave the Aggies a 46-40 advantage, their largest at that point in the game.

The Aggies stretched the lead with back-to-back three point plays to put the score 58-49 with just over 10 minutes to play. The Tigers battled back but couldn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities down the stretch.

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C. Morgan C. Morgan
8-10,  23 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists
 New Mexico St.
F. Peete F. Peete
8-12,  19 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists

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