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January 20, 2007
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. -Justin Hawkins scored 19 of his career-high 29 points in the first half and New Mexico State used its quickness and second chance shooting to beat No. 15 Nevada 80-73 Saturday night.
NMSU (15-4, 5-1 WAC) had 23 offensive rebounds and consistently turned them into points to give second-year head coach Reggie Theus his first win over a Top 25 team.
Hawkins added 11 rebounds - nine of them offensive.
But Nevada, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, was no match for the Aggies on the boards and Hawkins' quick hands and quicker release.
Hawkins' back-to-back offensive rebounds and layups sparked a 9-0 run by the Aggies midway through the second half that put New Mexico State in front 62-52 with less than eight minutes left.
Hawkins hit eight of his first nine shots and scored seven straight points in the first half to give the Aggies a 21-12 lead. Nevada countered with an 11-0 run sparked by Fazekas.
Wearing a brace on the left ankle he sprained two weeks ago, Fazekas had trouble early on getting shots against the Aggies' frontline of 6-foot-10 Hatila Passos and 6-9 Nelson, Fazekas moved out to the perimeter and hit back-to-back 3-pointers. They came early in the run that ended with a free throw by Sessions for a 28-26 Wolf Pack lead, their first, with 4:23 left in the first half.
The Aggies took the lead for good at 46-44 on a 3-pointer by Fred Peete with 13:49 left. The Wolf Pack got within 74-70 with 43 seconds left, but the Aggies held them off by hitting 16 straight free throws in the final seven minutes.
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