CSU Bakersfield snaps New Mexico St’s 20-game streak, 72-53
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Jaylin Airington and Matt Smith each scored 17 points and CSU Bakersfield handed New Mexico State its first loss in Western Athletic Conference play, 72-53 on Thursday night.
New Mexico State (22-3, 8-1 Western Athletic Conference) entered the game with the nation’s second-longest active win streak (20 games) and boasted the nation’s second-best record, both behind No. 1 Gonzaga.
The Roadrunners got off to a fast start, doubling up the Aggies in the first half and taking a 36-18 lead into halftime.
Damiyne Durham had another 16 points for Bakersfield (16-7, 7-1), which hit 27 of 61 from the floor, including 7 of 21 from beyond the arc.
Ian Baker scored 19 points, hitting 10 of 11 from the free throw line, but the Aggies struggled from the field, hitting 17 of 58 from the field and just 3 of 26 from beyond the arc. Jemerrio Jones added 11 points.