Recap: New Mexico St vs. Hawaii
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Wendell McKines finished with 22 points to lead the second-seeded New Mexico State Aggies over the sixth-seeded Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 92-81, in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena. The Aggies will take on the winner of the Louisiana Tech-Nevada semifinal in the conference championship game on Saturday.
Hernst Laroche added 18 points for the Aggies (25-9), while Tshilidzi Nephawe finished with 15 points, Tyrone Watson scored 13 points and Daniel Mullings posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Shaquille Stokes added 21 points for the Rainbow Warriors (16-16), while Vander Joaquim finished with 17 points, Hauns Brereton and Trevor Wiseman each chipped in with 10 points and Jeremiah Ostrowski dished out 13 assists.
Both teams shot well to open the contest. Hawaii made 53.6 percent of its field goals, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc. New Mexico State shot 50 percent, including 5-of-12 from three-point distance. New Mexico State opened the contest on a 22-2 run. Hawaii was able to slowly battle back, cutting its deficit to six on several occasions, before going into halftime trailing by nine, 47-38.
After the break, the teams continued to connect on their shots. The Aggies made 57.7 percent from the field, while the Rainbow Warriors hit on 60 percent. Hawaii attempted a comeback in the second half, and got within one, 61-60, midway through the half and trailed by only three with just under five minutes to play. They would get no closer however, as the Aggies pulled away for the victory.
New Mexico State dominated the boards, with a 36-22 rebounding edge. The teams were tied in points in the paint, 52-52.Game Notes