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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.