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New Mexico State dominated early, using its inside-out game and motion to hit 10 of its first 15 shots. The Aggies went on a 12-2 run to build a 23-13 lead and kept dropping shots, hitting 15 of 27 in the first half for a 39-25 lead.

The Vandals had particular trouble with Bhullar. With no one within eight inches or 130 pounds of him, Bhullar simply turned and dropped the ball into the basket several times in the first half, scoring 10 points to go along with six rebounds by halftime.

“He’s really difficult to prepare against because you have to put so much attention to him,” Verlin said. “He really makes it tough.”

Little changed in the second half.

Bhullar kept getting deep post position - no one on Idaho’s team had any chance of pushing him out - and he scored a few baskets around the rim or kicked out to open shooters when the Vandals double- and triple-teamed him.

Idaho shot better early in the second half after going 9 for 27 in the first, but cooled off and continued to struggle with slowing the Aggies, never able to put a dent in their big lead.