DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Duane John scored 19 points to lead five
double-digit scorers as New Mexico State held off North Texas 70-67
in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams.
John scored 11 points during a 13-0 second-half run as New
Mexico State (7-5, 1-0 Sun Belt) broke open a tight game and took a
52-40 lead Saturday night.
It was the first win ever for the Aggies in Denton and the first
since 2000-01 in a conference opener.
North Texas (5-8, 0-1) pulled to within 70-67 on Leonard
Hopkins' 3-pointer with 4 seconds left but never got another shot.
Shawnson Johnson scored 20 points to lead North Texas, which had
held a 36-34 edge at halftime.
The Aggies play next at 7:05 p.m. Thursday -- their first home
game in three weeks.