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Aggies knock off Redhawks Thursday

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The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team topped Seattle University in a shootout Thursday night to improve to 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Aggies dominated the first half of the contest, the first conference game for them at the Pan Am Center this year, outscoring Seattle 48-20.
However, Seattle’s Redhawks rallied to tighten things up in the second half, but the Aggies still managed another 48 points on the offensive end to seal a 96-87 win.
NMSU (13-5), which has now won six straight games, was without the services of 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar for the second game in a row. Bhullar has been hampered by a foot injury.
Without Bhullar in the middle, the Aggies were outrebounded by the Redhawks 35-33.
NMSU played a three-guard offense against Seattle, and all three starting guards finished in double-figures, led by DK Eldridge’s 18 points, which tied him with Renaldo Dixon for the team’s high-high point total.
Seattle (8-7, 0-2 in the WAC) actually had three players score 20 points or better, including two players off the bench.
However, outside of starting guard Emerson Murray, who finished with a game-high 24 points, the Redhawks’ starters managed just 13 points.
The Redhawks also committed 16 turnovers for the game and the Aggies took advantage, scoring 26 points off those miscues.
The Aggies stay put this weekend. They’re scheduled to host Idaho Saturday night in Las Cruces.