New Mexico State rallies past CS Bakersfield 69-63Cal State Bakersfield's Brandon Barnes (32) shoots against New Mexico State's DK Eldridge during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Daniel Mullings had 21 points on Friday night to lead second-seeded New Mexico State over sixth-seeded Cal State Bakersfield 69-63 into the Western Athletic Conference championship.
New Mexico State (25-9) will face No. 5 seed Idaho (16-17) on Saturday night. The Vandals upset top-seeded Utah Valley 74-69 in the other semifinal on Friday.
DK Eldridge added 17 points for the Aggies, who rallied from a 35-26 halftime deficit. They first closed the gap at 43-43 on a Mullings layup with 12:29 left and never trailed after a Mullings 3-pointer made it a 52-50 New Mexico State lead with 7:08 to go.
Bakersfield (13-19) tied the game back up at 56 with 3:55 to play, but the Aggies followed with nine-straight points and made their final four free throws to seal the win.
Issiah Grayson had 33 points, six rebounds and five 3-pointers to lead the way for the Roadrunners.