Aggies win big; knock off #6 Miami
EL PASO, Texas —
New Mexico State continues its winning ways, as the Aggies (11-2) defeated the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes (9-1) 63-54 on the island of Oahu last night.
It was the semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
It was the first win against a ranked opponent for the Aggies since March 3, 2007, when the Aggies beat No. 13 Nevada in the Pan American Center and its first win against a top-10 opponent since the 1990 season when the Aggies beat No. 7 UNLV.
Zach Lofton led the way for Aggies with 15 points. Lofton also went a cool six of six from the free throw line. A.J Harris and Sidy N’Dir also chipped in 10 points apiece.
The Aggies lead most categories in Saturday night’s victory. NMSU outrebounded the Hurricanes 43 to 38 and forced 14 Miami turnovers. The Aggies also held the Canes to a dismal 34 percent field goal percentage and an 11 percent three-point percentage.
NMSU’s largest lead was eight at one point late in the second half. Miami used one last surge to pull within one of the Aggies with 1:25 to play.
Zach Lofton would hit a three and A.J. Harris would get a steal and a lay-up to ice the game away.
NMSU now advances to the championship game against the USC Trojans on Christmas Day. The Trojans are 8-4 on the season. Miami will play in the third-place game against Middle Tennessee State.
NMSU hopes to continue to add to its already impressive resume. The Aggies now have victories over Miami, Davidson and Illinois.