Dennis, White rally North Texas to win over New Mexico State

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)—Collin Dennis scored 21 points as North Texas erased a 21-point deficit to beat New Mexico State 75-72 Saturday night in a second round game of the Lou Henson Classic.

Dennis scored all his points in the second half for the Mean Green (5-1), which also got 15 points from freshman Josh White.

Justin Hawkins had 28 points and Fred Peete 24 for New Mexico State (3-6), which led by 21 with 14:20 remaining in the game.

North Texas pulled to within 54-45 with 11:40 left on a 13-2 run and then closed to 60-55 on Tristan Thompson’s 3-pointer.

New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies drew a technical foul while disputing a call and Thompson made the resulting free throw.

Dennis’ jumper made it 60-58 and Thompson drove to the basket to tie the score at 62 with 6:11 left.

The lead see-sawed until White hit a 3-pointer and then made two free throws with 1:21 to play to put the Mean Green ahead 73-70.

He added two more foul shots with 11.4 seconds left to seal the victory.

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 North Texas
C. Dennis C. Dennis
8-13,  21 Pts
1 Rebs, 0 Assists
 New Mexico St.
F. Peete F. Peete
7-14,  24 Pts
6 Rebs, 4 Assists

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