New Mexico State defeats Louisiana Tech 91-77

Published January 31, 2010

| AP

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Hamidu Rahman had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead New Mexico State to a 91-77 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Jahmar Young added 19 points as the Aggies (13-8, 6-2 Western Athletic Conference), who shot 53.6 percent from the field (37-for-69), won for the fifth time in six games.

New Mexico State scored nine of the first 11 points of the second half to stretch a two-point lead into a 57-46 advantage on Young's layup with 17:20 to play.

Wendell McKines' 3-pointer gave the Aggies a 65-54 lead with 15:01 left, and they retained a double-figure lead until the end.

Gordo Castillo went 5-for-6 from the 3-point line to score 17, and McKines finished with 13 points and nine boards.

Magnum Rolle scored 27 points and had 15 rebounds for Louisiana Tech (18-4, 6-2), and Kyle Gibson finished with 23 points. DeAndre Brown added 16 points for the Bulldogs.