Final OT

Arkansas State 82

(16-10, 7-7 Sun Belt)

New Mexico St 73

(13-14, 6-9 Sun Belt)

    9:05 PM ET, February 28, 2004

    Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    1 2 OT T
    ARST 34 37 1182
    NMSU 37 34 273

    Arkansas State 96, New Mexico State 89

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Robert Frazier led a balanced attack with 21 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night as New Mexico State defeated New Mexico Highlands 102-76 in an exhibition game.

    Center Trevor Lawrence added 20 points and point guard Josh Jenkins added 18 for the Aggies.

    Junior guard Tim Thompson paced the Cowboys with a game-high 26 points.

    It was the Aggies' second exhibition game against an in-state Division II opponent this year. New Mexico State struggled last week in a 96-89 win over Western New Mexico.

    Interim coach Tony Stubblefield, leading the team in the absence of head coach Lou Henson who has been ill, said NMSU's effort was much better Tuesday night.

    "I think the biggest difference is we had a game under our belt," Stubblefield said. "We were not as jittery and nervous tonight."

    NMSU got off to a slow start and trailed early. The managed to pull ahead 53-39 at halftime.

    Jenkins, who scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half, scored the Aggies first nine points with three 3-pointers. The team also got 15 points apiece from guards Mike Mitchell and Antwan Alexander.

    Overall, New Mexico State shot 48 percent from the field. The Aggies were especially effective in the first half from 3-point range, connecting on 8 of 16 attempts.

    The Cowboys were 38.5 percent from the field for the night. Gene Gonzales and Donald Gray added 10 each for Highlands.

    The Aggies open their regular season schedule Nov. 19-21 in the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. NMSU opens against Western Michigan on Nov. 19.

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