NM State Wins 2017 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament - Mar 13, 2017
No. 2-seed NM State won its seventh WAC Tournament title with a 70-60 win over top-seeded CSU Bakersfield Saturday. The Aggies earn the WAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The game was a tale of two halves. CSU Bakersfield's trademark defense was dominant in the first half, holding NM State to just 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-4 from three-point range and the Roadrunners led 29-20 at the break. Trailing 39-26 with 15:24 left in the second half, NM State used a 21-2 run to go up 47-41 and never looked back. The Aggies scored 50 points in the half becoming just the second team all season to do so. Eli Chuha (6'8''-F-96) posted his WAC-leading 15th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Tournament MVP Ian Baker (6'0''-PG) added 15 points and six assists. CSUB was led by Dedrick Basile (5'10''-PG-94) with a game-high 17 points, while Brent Wrapp (6'3''-G-95) finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Courtesy of WAC Sports
WAC Tournament Final: NM State - CSU Bakersfield 70-60 WAC Tournament Semifinals: NM State - UMKC 78-60 CSU Bakersfield - Utah Valley 81-80, 4OT
All-WAC Awards 2017 - Mar 13, 2017
All-WAC 1st Team 2017
All-Tournament MVP: Ian Baker (6'0''-PG) of N.Mexico St. Player of the Year: Ian Baker (6'0''-PG) of N.Mexico St. Freshman of the Year: Matej Kavas (6'8''-G-96) of Seattle Coach of the Year: Rod Barnes of CSU Bakersfield
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