New Mexico State claims WAC title

Wendell McKines poured in 27 points to go 57, to take the Western Athletic Conference Tournament crown.

Daniel Mullings and Tyrone Watson added 12 points apiece for the Aggies (26-9), who earned their third WAC title since joining the conference in 2005-06.

Trevor Gaskins netted 24 points to pace Louisiana Tech (18-16), which also received 15 points from Raheem Appleby as the Bulldogs dropped their first- ever championship appearance.

New Mexico State controlled the game from the start, opening the contest with a 10-2 run and never looked back.

The lead stretched to as much as 20 when McKines' tip-in capped a 12-2 run to put the Aggies ahead, 36-16, within the final two minutes of the first half and Louisiana Tech trailed by a mark of 38-20 at the break.

After Romario Souza opened the second half with a layup, New Mexico State reeled off a 19-4 swing that included seven-plus minutes without the Bulldogs recording a field goal to run out to a 57-26 lead and put any hope of a comeback to rest.

The Aggies shot 55.9 percent in the game while holding Louisiana State to a 32.8 percent shooting performance, including a 3-for-18 mark from beyond the arc.

Game Notes

New Mexico State held a 46-27 advantage on the glass...Watson added seven rebounds and four assists...Besides Gaskins and Appleby, no one on Louisiana Tech scored more than four points.