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The New Mexico State Aggie men's basketball team used a 23-4 run in the final nine minutes of the first half to breeze past the Idaho Vandals on Wednesday night in front of a national television audience. The Aggie defense held Idaho to just 30.9 percent shooting from the floor en route to the victory.
Jahmar Young led all scorers with 23 points while Hamidu Rahman and Wendell McKines each flirted with triple-doubles. Rahman finished with a career-high seven blocks to go along with 11 rebounds and eight points while Wendell McKines dished out a career-high eight assists to go along with 12 rebounds and 11 points.
The Aggies held Idaho star guard Mac Hopson in check as he finished the game with just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting. The Aggies hit 12-of-26 three pointers including 7-of-14 in the first half as they built an 18-point cushion heading into the break. Coming out of the second half the Aggies quickly added to their lead going up by 22 points at 48-26 with 18:08 left to play. The Aggies would build their largest lead of 23 points at 61-38 with 12:01 left to play before the Vandals rallied to cut the Aggie lead to just 15 points at 65-50 with 7:03 left to play.
However, a Jahmar Young dunk spurred a 9-2 run by the Aggies over the next five minutes as they would rebuild their lead back to 22 points with 1:59 remaining. The Vandals would score the final five points of the game to close the final margin to 17 points.
Up next for the Aggies is their final home game of the regular season as they host Boise State on Saturday evening in the Pan American Center. The Aggies will honor their seniors including starter Jonathan Gibson.