No. 23 New Mexico St. 80, Long Beach St. 63
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ Randy Brown scored 18 points and No. 23 New Mexico State used a 16-1 second-half run to beat Long Beach State 80-63 in a Big West Conference game on Monday night.
New Mexico State (10-1, 2-0) ran their homecourt winning streak to 24 straight, third longest in the nation behind No. 6 Arizona and defending national champion and top-ranked UNLV.
Long Beach State (4-8, 0-3) was led by sophomore forward Lucius Harris with 27 points and Kevin Cutler with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Brown, shaking a season-long shooting slump, hit five of nine shots from the field and seven of eight free throws. The Aggies, averaging just 61 percent at the free throw line, connected on 26 of 31 free throws.
New Mexico State took a 38-32 halftime lead but the 49ers tied it 41-41 with 17:43 left on a basket by Ronnie Winbush.
New Mexico State then put together the first of two decisive scoring runs. The Aggies outscored Long Beach 10-4 for a 51-45 lead, with Brown getting seven of the points.
Harris rallied the 49ers within 53-52 with a 3-pointer, but the Aggies then scored 16 of the next 17 points for a 69-53 lead. William Benjamin scored seven points and Reggie Jordan added five for the Aggies during that run.
Jordan and Benjamin each scored 17 points, while Michael New added 15.
New Mexico State was in control through most of the first half and took a 14-6 lead with 13:23 left on two free throws by Jordan. The Aggies stretched it to 32-18 before the 49ers rallied behind Harris to cut the deficit to six points at halftime.