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LAS CRUCES — With a strong second-half start, the New Mexico State University men’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas-San Antonio 82-62.
Along the way, the Aggies (7-8 overall, 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference) broke the NMSU record for team field goal percentage, which stood for nearly 39 years. The Aggies shot 68.6 percent from the field (35-for-51) and broke the previous record of 66.2 percent which was set on Jan. 19, 1974. The Aggies were also one shy of tying the school record for blocked shots with 11 against the Roadrunners.
NMSU forward Bandja Sy scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Freshman center Sim Bhullar added 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting along with three blocked shots and helped the Aggies to a 30-point advantage in points in the paint.
Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings was also in double-figures with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He added four steals and four assists.
The Aggies had a 38-32 halftime advantage in their WAC home opener. Bhullar led all scorers with a game-high 12 points.
In their first home game in nearly two weeks, the Aggies started strong and connected on 6 of their first 9 shots. The Aggies opened the second half with a 12-0 run.
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