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New Mexico State clinches top WAC seed; beats UMKC 62-61


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pascal Siakam scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and his free throw with 10 seconds left in the game proved to be the winner as New Mexico clinched a share of back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships by holding off Missouri-Kansas City 62-61 Saturday afternoon.

LaVell Boyd's 3-pointer pulled the Kangaroos within three, 59-56 with 20 seconds left. Braxton Huggins hit a pair of free throws to give New Mexico State a 61-56 lead, but Martez Harrison brought UMKC back within three with a layup. Siakam hit the front end of a one-and-one and Harrison hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to create the final score.

The Aggies (21-9, 12-1) head into the WAC tournament as the No. 1 seed, where they have won four-straight titles.

Ian Baker had 16 points for New Mexico State.

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Harrison finished with 20 points to help pace UMKC (10-18, 3-10).