New Mexico State had a big advantage on the glass and the Aggied snapped the UMKC four-game home win streak on Saturday to remain in first place in the WAC standings with a 77-63 victory in front of nearly 3,000 at Municipal Auditorium.
UMKC (10-15, 5-3 WAC) opened up a seven-point lead after senior Frank Williams hit his first three shots from beyond the arc, that put the ‘Roos up 22-15. He followed with another three to give UMKC it an eight-point lead, the largest of the night with 6:37 to play.
New Mexico State started going inside and used their size to their advantage hitting 14 of 15 from the free throw line to tie the game up 34-34 at the break.
The first 10 minutes of the second half was back and forth, but the Aggies wore down UMKC and went on a 8-0 run to snap a 47-all tie. NMSU was up by six with 5:40 to play, and pushed it out of reach over the next two minutes, getting it up to 14 with three minutes left.
Despite UMKC outshooting the Aggies from the floor, they made up the difference at the line. NMSU hit 25-of-29 free throws in the game, while UMKC was 10-of-17.
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