Aggies Battle Hard, But Fall To Tulsa, 71-61

South Padre Island, TX - Brandon Mason scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, but it wasn?t enough as New Mexico State fell to Tulsa Saturday, 71-61.

The Aggies (1-1) caught fire early in the first half and led by as many as 10 (30-20) with 4:36 remaining. But Tulsa rallied and closed the gap to 37-33 going into halftime.

The Aggies came out a little flat in the second half as the Tulsa shooters started to heat up. The Golden Hurricane (1-0) shot 61% percent in the second half, compared to 42% in the first. They took the lead for good at 50-48 on a jumper by Dante Swanson. Swanson led Tulsa with 23 points.

The Aggies never came closer than two the rest of the way and fell behind by as many as 13 (65-52) at the 7:41 mark.

James Felder and Kelsey Crooks both had positive games for the Aggies, as they scored 12 points each. Will Morris chipped in nine points in the loss.

Jason Parker had 21 for Tulsa, and Kevin Johnson scored 19 points and pulled down eight boards.

The Aggies were outrebounded 34-28 and shot 40% for the game.

?I thought we looked a little tired, but we played a lot better than we did last night,? said Aggie coach Lou Henson. ?They are a very tough team to defend, because they have a lot of size.

?In the second half, we started standing around a little bit so our offensive scheme didn?t go as well,? he added. ?Overall, I think we gave them all they could handle, we just need to work on a couple of small things.

The New Mexico State Aggies will take on Colorado Wednesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. at the Pan American Center.

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