New Mexico State beats Northern Colorado 74-62

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Ivan Aurrecoechea had 20 points and 10 rebounds and New Mexico State never trailed in beating Northern Colorado 74-62 on Monday night.

Eli Chuha added 18 points for the Aggies (8-2), who held the Bears to 37-percent shooting and got 20 second-chance points off of 13 offensive boards.

Chuha’s layup capped the Aggies’ 20-8 opening run, but the Bears closed to 20-16 on Jordan Davis’ layup off a turnover. New Mexico State scored eight straight and pulled away to a 41-24 halftime lead on AJ Harris’ putback.

Trent Harris’ layup capped a 12-6 run to cut Northern Colorado’s deficit to 61-53 and Davis’ putback off a free throw cut it to 70-62 with 2:14 to play. But C.J. Bobbitt’s free throws pushed the Aggies’ lead to 10 points and Johnny McCants iced it with two free throws with 24 seconds left.

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Davis scored 20 points with seven rebounds and Jonah Radebaugh and Sam Masten added 10 points apiece for the Bears (6-3).

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