Nephawe leads New Mexico State over UTPA 69-48

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) Tshilidzi Nephawe scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead New Mexico State to a 69-48 victory over Texas-Pan American on Wednesday night.

The victory gave the Western Athletic Conference regular-season champions (20-10, 12-1) a 20-win season for the 26th time, and the fourth in a row and sixth in the last eight seasons under coach Marvin Menzies.

Nephawe collected his fourth double-double of the season and tied for seventh on the Aggies' all-time career rebounding list with Hamidu Rahman (2008-12) with 737.

Ian Baker added 13 points and Daniel Mullings 12.

Everett Osborne led the Broncs (9-20, 3-10) with 13 points. UTPA failed to score over the final 5:14 with New Mexico State finishing on a 10-0 run.

The game was originally scheduled to be played last Saturday but was postponed when the Aggies couldn't make it to Edinburg after their flight was canceled because of poor weather.

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