New Mexico State won its third Western Athletic Conference title in the last four years with a 64-55 victory over UT Arlington Saturday night in the WAC Tournament championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Aggies, who improved to 24-10 overall, were led by hulking 7-foot-5, 355-pound freshman Sim Bhullar, who was named tournament MVP after scoring a game-high 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the championship game. Daniel Mullings also added 16 points for the Aggies.
UT Arlington's season ended at 19-13 and was paced by Kevin Butler's 13 points and 11 from Karol Gruszecki.
A big key for UT Arlington was Gruszecki fouling out with 8:37 left in the game. UT Arlington had pulled within 51-45 when Gruszecki was called for an offensive foul.
UT Arlington drew within 56-53 with 2:02 left to play. The Aggies answered with an 8-2 flourish to win by nine.
New Mexico State took a 32-30 lead into halftime. The Aggies charged out to a 7-1 lead, before UT Arlington even scored a basket over five minutes into the half.
There were eight lead changes in the first half. The Aggies finally pushed ahead for good on a Daniel Mullings layup with :28 left in the first half.