Passos scores 20, leads New Mexico State to win

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RUSTON, La. (AP)—Hatila Passos scored 20 points to lead New Mexico State to an 85-63 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday.

New Mexico State (15-12, 9-3 Western Athletic Conference) shot 58.7 percent from the field and forced 18 Louisiana Tech turnovers. The Aggies pulled away late in the second half.

Louisiana Tech (4-19, 1-10) got to within single-digits several times in the second half before falling far behind.

At halftime, New Mexico led 38-24, thanks to a 20-6 run.

Kyle Gibson scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs. J.C. Clark added 19 points and Orren Tims had his fourth straight double-digit game with 10 points.

Justin Hawkins had 11 points and Jonathan Gibson and Herb Pope each added 10 apiece for New Mexico. NMSU outrebounded Tech 40-29.

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 New Mexico St.
Hatila Passos Hatila Passos
10-13,  20 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Louisiana Tech
Kyle Gibson Kyle Gibson
6-11,  20 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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