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New Mexico State beats Cal State Bakersfield in WAC championship

Cal State Bakersfield guard Brent Wrapp (left) slides to the basket past New Mexico State center Tanveer Bhullar (center) and guard Ian Baker during the WAC title game. (L.E. Baskow / Associated Press)
Cal State Bakersfield guard Brent Wrapp (left) slides to the basket past New Mexico State center Tanveer Bhullar (center) and guard Ian Baker during the WAC title game. (L.E. Baskow / Associated Press)
By Michael Martinez Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – New Mexico State overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to defeat Cal State Bakersfield 70-60 on Saturday night and win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament title for the fifth time in the past six years.

The Aggies (28-5) used a 21-2 run in the second half after Bakersfield (22-9), the WAC regular-season champion, took a 39-26 lead.

But New Mexico State went on a 3-point binge, getting long-distance baskets from Ian Baker and Chancellor Ellis to pull the Aggies into a 41-41 tie. Ellis’ 3 with 9:11 left put New Mexico State ahead for good.

Eli Chuha led New Mexico State with 16 points, and Baker had 15, including going 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.

The Aggies were 6 of 12 on 3-pointers in the second half.

Dedrick Basile scored 17 points to lead Cal State Bakersfield.

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