Scores

Final

Hawaii 81

(16-16, 6-8 WAC)

New Mexico St 92

(25-9, 10-4 WAC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    9:00 PM ET, March 9, 2012

    Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

    1 2 T
    HAW 38 4381
    NMSU 47 4592

    Top Performers

    Hawaii: V. Joaquim 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

    New Mexico St: W. McKines 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    New Mexico St. 92, Hawaii 81

    Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS -- Wendell McKines led five New Mexico State players in double figures with 22 points, and the Aggies built a 20-point lead before holding off numerous Hawaii rallies in the second half for a 92-81 win over the Rainbow Warriors in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals on Friday night.

    New Mexico State (25-9) will play for an NCAA tournament bid in Saturday night's final against No. 5 seed Louisiana Tech. The Aggies reached the conference finals for the third time since 2008.

    The second-seeded Aggies blitzed the Warriors at the start, jumping out to 17-0 and 22-2 leads in the opening moments. Hawaii trimmed the deficit within single digits by halftime and got as close as 61-60 with 10:35 left but could never pull in front.

    Shaquille Stokes led No. 6-seeded Hawaii (16-16) with 21 points and Vander Joaquim added 17.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HAW
    NMSU
    Points 81 92
    FG Made-Attempted 33-58 (.569) 34-64 (.531)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-10 (.300) 7-17 (.412)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-13 (.923) 17-24 (.708)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 20

    2011-12 Season

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