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New Mexico State holds on to win WAC title

Published: Saturday, March 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

UT Arlington's Brandon Edwards (35) dunks the ball against New Mexico State during the first half of a Western Athletic Conference tournament championship NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas.  (David Becker, Associated Press) UT Arlington's Brandon Edwards (35) dunks the ball against New Mexico State during the first half of a Western Athletic Conference tournament championship NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker, Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS — Sim Bhullar had 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead New Mexico State to a 64-55 victory over UT Arlington on Saturday night for its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship.

Holding a 32-30 lead at halftime, New Mexico State used a 19-8 run to open its biggest lead of the game, going up 51-38 with 11:27 left in the game.

The Aggies earned an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament by staving off a furious rally by the Mavericks, who used Kevin Butler's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10:17 left to key a 15-5 run and pull within three points with 1:55 left in the game.

Butler led the Mavericks with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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