Rice scores 22 points, New Mexico St. rallies at Washington St.


Sir’Jabari Rice scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half as New Mexico state steadily reduced a double-digit lead from Washington state on Wednesday evening and won 64:61 on Wednesday evening.

The Aggies (9-2) followed at 18 after Washington State opened the second half with three straight 3-pointers. Rice scored the next seven points for New Mexico State, four on the line plus a 3, to begin the steady comeback over the next 14 minutes.

Teddy Allen, who scored 12 of his 18 goals after half-time, scored with a 3-pointer to a 58-58 tie with 3:49 remainder. Allen was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc up to that point. He was fouled on a 3 and made all three free throws with 1:56 remaining when the Aggies led 63-60.

Washington State (7: 4) was unable to get under the basket and turned the ball over, it is the 17th turnover, with 24.9 seconds to go.

Michael Flowers led the Cougars with 15 points and hit a season high with five 3-pointers, Noah Williams added 13 points. TJ Bamba and Efe Abogidi each scored 11. Abogidi added seven rebounds.

The state of New Mexico hadn’t been in the lead since taking a 19:18 lead with a 10-0 run towards the end of the first half. Flowers triggered a comeback with a 3-pointer and the WSU beat the Aggies in the last 4:30 am with 17: 3 in a 35:22 halftime lead.

The State of New Mexico shot just three shots, missed two, and flipped the ball five times in that distance.

The win improves the state of New Mexico to 6-6 against Power Five teams since Chris Jans took over as coach and has beaten WSU three times.

Next, Washington State will host north Colorado on Saturday to complete the game without a conference. The state of New Mexico maintains northern New Mexico on Saturday.


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