Scores

Final

New Mexico St 80

(17-14, 9-7 WAC)

Boise State 70

(19-12, 9-7 WAC)

    3:00 PM ET, March 12, 2009

    Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada

    1 2 T
    NMSU 38 4280
    BSU 36 3470

    Top Performers

    New Mexico State: J. Young 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Boise State: M. Sanchez 25 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Mexico St. 80, Boise St. 70

    Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. -- Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points and Jahmar Young and Hernst Laroche each had 16 to help New Mexico State rally from an early 10-point deficit and beat Boise State 80-70 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament.

    Wendell McKines added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Aggies (17-14), who used a pressure defense the second half to advance to Friday's semifinal against top-seeded Utah State (28-4), which beat Boise State 80-70 on Thursday.

    Mark Sanchez scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Anthony Thomas had 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range for the fourth-seeded Broncos (19-12).

    Thomas made three 3-point shots in a 5-minute span to help Boise State take a 23-16 lead that grew to 30-20 on Jamar Greene's 3-pointer 8:12 before the half. But the Aggies answered with a 12-2 run -- capped by back-to-back 3-point goals by Laroche and Gibson -- to make it 32-32 and led 38-36 at the half.

    Gibson made his first three attempts from 3-point range in the second half to help put New Mexico State ahead for good 56-48 with 11 minutes left in the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NMSU
    BSU
    Points 80 70
    FG Made-Attempted 29-66 (.439) 22-53 (.415)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-25 (.560) 19-29 (.655)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 10

    2008-09 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 22, 2009 @BSU 87, NMSU 84Recap
    Mar 2, 2009 BSU 104, @NMSU 92Recap
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