Scores

Final

New Mexico St 62

(3-7, 0-3 away)

UC Irvine 75

(5-2, 3-0 home)

    10:35 PM ET, December 21, 2004

    Bren Events Center, Irvine, California

    1 2 T
    NMSU 34 2862
    UCI 43 3275

    UC Irvine 75, New Mexico State 62

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Greg Ethington scored a game-high 19 points to lead UC Irvine to a 75-62 victory over New Mexico State on Tuesday night.

    Aaron Fitzgerald added 14 points and Ross Schraeder had 12 points for the Anteaters (5-2), who won their fourth consecutive game.

    Freshman Josh Jenkins came off the bench to score 18 points for the Aggies (3-7), who have lost five straight and seven of eight. Antwan Alexander added 14 points.

    Irvine made four of its first eight shots to build a 10-0 lead with 3:12 gone.

    New Mexico State did not score until Byron Davis made a 3-pointer 3:23 into the game.

    Lawrence's lay-up 25 seconds into the second half narrowed the Aggies' deficit to 43-36, but Fitzgerald and Darren Fells scored four points apiece during an 8-0 run that gave the Anteaters a 51-36 lead with 16:44 to play.

    Irvine extended its lead to 19 points with 5:27 left.

    New Mexico State committed 23 turnovers, 13 in the second half.

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