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Updated Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM

New Mexico State beats Seattle U men to win 11th consecutive game

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Daniel Mullings scored 18 points and New Mexico State won its 11th consecutive men's basketball game, defeating Seattle 60-57 Saturday night.

Sim Bhullar had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies (17-8, 11-2 Western Athletic), who prevailed by making 24 of 36 free throws.

Seattle (7-16, 2-11) shot better than New Mexico State (39 percent to 34 percent) and also outrebounded the Aggies (44-34) but was just 8 of 13 at the foul line.

Deshaun Sunderhaus scored 14 points for the Redhawks, and Chad Rasmussen had 12.

New Mexico State broke a 50-50 tie when Sy Bandja nailed a three-pointer with 4:40 remaining and Bhullar followed with two free throws at the 3:09 mark. The Redhawks made it a single-possession game three times in the closing minutes, but the Aggies made 5 of 6 free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory.

The Redhawks close the regular season with games against Louisiana Tech (Thursday) and Texas Arlington (Saturday).

SEATTLE (7-16) — Sunderhaus 6-11 2-2 14, Obasi 2-12 1-2 5, Tate 1-4 2-4 4, Bidart 0-0 0-0 0, Flora 4-9 0-1 8, Pickett Jr. 2-6 1-2 5, Trent 2-5 0-0 5, Green 2-4 0-0 4, Rasmussen 4-8 2-2 12, Diop 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 8-13 57.

NEW MEXICO ST. (17-8) — Sy 3-9 2-4 9, Dixon 1-6 6-8 8, Bhullar 4-9 6-11 14, de Rouen 1-4 3-4 6, Mullings 5-12 6-8 18, Barry 2-3 1-1 5, Aronis 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 24-36 60.

Halftime — New Mexico St. 34-30. Three-point goals — Seattle 3-8 (Rasmussen 2-3, Trent 1-3, Obasi 0-1, Flora 0-1), New Mexico St. 4-14 (Mullings 2-3, Sy 1-3, de Rouen 1-3, Barry 0-1, Aronis 0-4). Fouled out — Sunderhaus, Trent. Rebounds — Seattle 44 (Green 8), New Mexico St. 34 (Bhullar 9). Assists — Seattle 10 (Bidart, Obasi, Trent 2), New Mexico St. 6 (de Rouen 3). Total fouls — Seattle 24, New Mexico St. 13. Technical — Bhullar. A-6,219.


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