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Sim Bhullar scores 24 as second-seed New Mexico St survives scare from Seattle in WAC, 70-68

  • New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Seattle in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. New Mexico State won 70-68. (AP Photo/David Becker)

    New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Seattle in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. New Mexico State won 70-68. (AP Photo/David Becker)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seattle's Isiah Umipig (1) keeps the ball away from New Mexico State's Daniel Mullings during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

    Seattle's Isiah Umipig (1) keeps the ball away from New Mexico State's Daniel Mullings during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seattle's Jarell Flora (35) shoots against New Mexico State's Tshilidzi Nephawe during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. New Mexico State won 70-68. (AP Photo/David Becker)

    Seattle's Jarell Flora (35) shoots against New Mexico State's Tshilidzi Nephawe during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. New Mexico State won 70-68. (AP Photo/David Becker)  (The Associated Press)

Sim Bhullar scored 24 points as second-seeded New Mexico State survived a last-second scare from No. 7 Seattle, winning 70-68 in a Western Athletic Conference quarterfinal Thursday.

The Aggies (24-9) face sixth-seeded Cal State-Bakersfield (13-18) Friday in the semifinals.

New Mexico State trailed by six twice after intermission, but a 17-4 run — fueled by a 3-pointer and layup by DK Eldridge — helped the Aggies lead by nine with 3:52 after another 3-pointer by Eldridge (19 points).

The Redhawks didn't bow, as a 15-7 run, punctuated by Isiah Umipig's trey with 15 seconds to play, cut the deficit to one.

Eldridge's pair of free throws bumped it back to three. After a foul sent D'Vonne Pickett to the line, he made one and missed. Jack Crook got the rebound but his last-second shot missed the mark.

Seattle (13-17) led 33-31 at half and was led by Umipig with 25.