Cal State Bakersfield's Tyrell Corbin, left, drives the ball around New Mexico State's Remi Barry in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. N
Ronda Churchill
March 14, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) Tshilidzi Nephawe had 19 points and 14 rebounds Friday night as top-seeded New Mexico State beat Cal State Bakersfield 57-53 in the Western Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

The Aggies (22-10) advanced to their fourth consecutive WAC championship game on a 12-game winning streak and will face third-seeded Seattle on Saturday.

Daniel Mullins added 14 points and Pascal Siakam had 10 points and 10 boards.

Ian Baker's 3-pointer with 8:08 left gave New Mexico State its biggest lead and capped an 11-2 run at 50-39.

CS Bakersfield (14-19), the fourth-seed, responded with a 13-4 run to get back within two at 54-52 with 1:15 left. But Nephawe's putback at 33 seconds pushed New Mexico State to four. Jaylin Airington and Tyrell Corbin missed 3-point attempts in the final 19 seconds for the Roadrunners.

Aly Ahmed led Bakersfield with 21 points and Kevin Mays added 10.

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