- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Braxton Huggins scored 26 points and New Mexico State held off Long Beach State for a 93-85 victory on Saturday night.

The Aggies (7-2) won their fifth straight and improve to 6-0 at home.

Huggins was 7 of 15 from the floor and made five 3-pointers. Eli Chuha had 19 points and Sidy N’Dir added 18. Jemerrio Jones chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds for New Mexico State, which shot 50 percent from the field on 27-of-54 shooting. Ian Baker had 15 points, and now is 40 shy of 1,000 career points.

Justin Bibbins scored 18 points to lead Long Beach State (1-9). Noah Blackwell added 13 points.

The Aggies had a 14-point lead midway through the second half. The 49ers chipped away, and Barry Ogalue’s layup pulled Long Beach State within four, 85-81 with 43 seconds left, but they couldn’t get closer.


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