New Mexico State wins 86-59, now alone atop WAC
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Zach Lofton made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points and New Mexico State defeated Utah Valley 86-59 on Saturday to win its fifth straight and take sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference.
Lofton, a graduate transfer from Texas Southern and former Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year, was 7 of 13 on 3-pointers with the team 15 of 28. Sidy N'Dir added 17 points.
Lofton, N'Dir and Johnathon Wilkins scored nine points each in taking a 39-29 halftime lead. Lofton made four 3-pointers over the first eight minutes of the second half when the Aggies (17-3, 5-0) outscored the Wolverines 24-6 to lead by 28.
Kenneth Ogbe scored 13 points for Utah Valley.
Utah Valley (15-6, 4-1), which handed NMSU is only loss last season at the Pan American Center to snap the Aggies' 23-game home streak, saw its eight-game winning streak end.
Updated January 20, 2018