Scores

Final

New Mexico St 64

(2-4, 0-2 away)

San Francisco 74

(3-5, 3-3 home)

    10:00 PM ET, December 9, 2005

    War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco, California

    1 2 T
    NMSU 32 3264
    SF 36 3874

    Top Performers

    New Mexico St: T. Nelson 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    San Francisco: J. Wallace-Carter 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    San Francisco 74, New Mexico State 64

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- Armondo Surratt scored 16 points and had five assists to lead five San Francisco players in double figures, helping the Dons to a 74-64 win over New Mexico State in a first-round game of the USF Invitational on Friday night.

    Alan Wiggins and Jerome Gumbs added 12 points apiece while Jason Wallace-Carter had 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists for San Francisco (3-5).

    The Dons will play Cal State-Fullerton on Saturday for the tournament championship. The Titans defeated Chicago State 88-80 earlier Friday.

    San Francisco led throughout the second half but couldn't shake the pesky Aggies, who trailed by nine before making a run at the Dons. Ted Knauber's fifth 3-pointer of the game pulled New Mexico State within 59-52 with 7:11 remaining, but the Aggies made just three shots over the next six minutes and were forced to foul.

    Surratt then hit four free throws while Gumbs and Shiller made two each over the final 41 seconds to seal the win for San Francisco.

    Knauber and Tyrone Nelson scored 15 points apiece to lead New Mexico State (2-4). Nelson also had a season-high 12 rebounds for his third double-double this year.

    The Dons led 36-32 at halftime but took control of the game with tight defense, holding the Aggies without a field goal for the first five minutes of the second half. New Mexico missed its first five shots of the second half and committed three turnovers while falling behind 47-38.

    The Aggies kept coming at the Dons, however, and pulled within 52-49 on a pair of free throws from Shaun Davis with 8:39 remaining in the game. That was the closest New Mexico State would get.

    Elijah Ingram, who had 14 points, made two 3-pointers in the final 1:20, but San Francisco was perfect from the free throw line, going 6-for-6 in the last 41 seconds.

    Shiller finished with 10 points for the Dons.

    San Francisco led most of the first half but fell behind 31-30 when Nelson stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a dunk with 3:03 left. Surratt's 18-foot jumper put the Dons back on top, then Wallace-Carter scored on a three-point play to help San Francisco take the halftime lead.

    Wallace-Carter had nine points, five rebounds and four assists in the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NMSU
    SF
    Points 64 74
    FG Made-Attempted 20-46 (.435) 26-53 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-18 (.889) 15-27 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 10

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