New Mexico St. 84, Pacific 78
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)Jahmar Young scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead New Mexico State to an 84-78 victory over Pacific in a BracketBusters game Saturday night.
The Aggies scored 55 points in the second half on 63.0 percent shooting from the floor to recover from a four-point halftime deficit.
Trailing 43-37 early in the second half, New Mexico State moved ahead with a 10-2 run and soon followed that with a 14-3 spurt to take command.
Jonathan Gibson and Hernst Laroche made back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Aggies a 65-53 lead with 5:23 to play, and New Mexico State's lead never fell below four points the rest of the way.
Gibson scored 20 points for New Mexico State (17-9, 9-3 Western Athletic) and Troy Gillenwater had 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds off the bench for the Aggies.
Demetrece Young scored a career-high 27 points to lead Pacific (17-9, 9-3 Big West), including seven 3-pointers.