New Mexico St. cruises past Chicago St. WAC opener, 97-70
LAS VEGAS (AP) Zach Lofton put up 21 points and Jemerrio Jones pulled down 15 rebounds and top-seeded New Mexico State cruised past Chicago State 97-70 in a first-round game in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
The Aggies advance to a semifinal contest Friday.
New Mexico State (26-5) took a 45-26 lead at intermission and shot a crisp 51.4 percent from the field (36 of 70), including 53.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (14 of 26)
Chicago State (3-29) was held to 22 of 58 from the field (37.9 percent), including 3 of 17 from distance.
Jones, the WAC Player of the Year who came into the game averaging a double-double with 10.9 points and 12.7 boards, came up a field goal shy of that feat in the opener. Kevon Jones had 18 points and Johnathon Wilkins added 10.
Updated March 8, 2018