Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 54

(3-13, 0-4 WAC)

New Mexico St 63

(10-10, 4-1 WAC)

    9:00 PM ET, January 19, 2008

    Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    1 2 T
    LT 24 3054
    NMSU 30 3363

    Top Performers

    Louisiana Tech: K. Gibson 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Mexico State: M. Iti 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    New Mexico St. 63, Louisiana Tech 54

    Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Freshman forward Herb Pope had nine rebounds in his long-awaited college debut and sparked a first-half rally that helped New Mexico State beat Louisiana Tech 63-54 Saturday night.

    Pope, a prep All-American last year, missed the Aggies' first 19 games after being ruled academically ineligible due to an alternative education program he took in high school. He challenged the ruling in court, a state district judge last month ordered an end to the ban and he was recently cleared to play by the NCAA.

    Pope had two key baskets and three assists as New Mexico State (10-10, 4-1 WAC) took a 30-24 halftime lead.

    The Aggies started the second half with a 16-6 run paced by Martin Iti's eight points.

    Louisiana Tech (3-13, 0-4) closed to 57-54 with 2 minutes remaining after Kyle Gibson hit two 3-pointers.

    But New Mexico State hit four free throws in the final seconds, with Pope sinking one of them, to seal the victory.

    Iti finished with 12 points while Fred Peete had 11 and Hatila Passos and Justin Hawkins each added 10.

    Gibson paced the Bulldogs with 25 points and Dwayne Lathan added 13.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LT
    NMSU
    Points 54 63
    FG Made-Attempted 21-56 (.375) 22-50 (.440)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-22 (.318) 2-10 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 17-26 (.654)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 13

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