New Mexico State beats Idaho 77-55 for third WAC title

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 15 2014 11:02 p.m. MDT

New Mexico State's Sim Bhullar (2) grabs a rebound against Idaho's Bira Seck during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Western Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Las Vegas.

David Becker, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Daniel Mullings scored 18 points, Sim Bhullar added 14 and New Mexico State won its third straight Western Athletic Conference tournament title by routing Idaho 77-55 Saturday night.

New Mexico State (26-9) often worked its offense through Bhullar, and the Vandals were unable to stop the Aggies' 7-foot-5, 355-pound center around the rim or rotate fast enough when he kicked it out.

The second-seeded Aggies jumped to a big early lead and never gave Idaho a chance, shooting 56 percent while outscoring the Vandals 46-16 inside.

Tshilidzi Nephawe added 12 points for New Mexico State, which had a 38-21 advantage in rebounds.

Idaho (16-18) beat New Mexico State in the teams' last meeting this season, but was no match for the Aggies in its first conference title game since 1993.

Stephen Madison scored 17 points and Mike Scott 14 for the Vandals, who haven't made the NCAA tournament since 1990.

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