Short-handed NMSU handles Cal State Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Tshilidzi Nephawe scored 15 points and hauled in 16 rebounds while Sim Bhullar added 13 and 12, helping short-handed New Mexico State put away Cal State Bakersfield 72-57 Saturday night.

The Aggies (22-9, 11-4 Western Athletic Conference) shot 51 percent from the field. Daniel Mullings chipped in 14 points, and Travon Landry and DK Eldridge each had 12.

Cal State Bakersfield (12-17, 5-10) went 21 of 66 from the field (31.8 percent). Corey Hall, Issiah Grayson and Brandon Barnes each contributed 10 points.

NMSU trailed 6-0 early but pulled ahead for a 28-15 lead late in the first half after an Eldridge 3-pointer. The Aggies led by double digits the rest of the way.

Only seven players saw action for NMSU, which was playing without K.C. Ross-Miller and Renaldo Dixon, who were both suspended after an altercation following a 66-61 overtime loss at Utah Valley on Thursday.