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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - (Feb. 25) Shooting just 33 percent from the field in the first half, Seattle University men’s basketball found itself in a hole it could not recover from in an 86-53 setback at New Mexico State Saturday night.

The Redhawks (13-15, 5-8 WAC) managed just 8-of-24 from the field in the opening frame while the Aggies (24-5, 10-3 WAC) hit 16-of-32, including six triples, to pull away early and hold a 42-23 advantage at the break.

Despite the struggle at the offensive end, the Redhawks had a fairly clean half otherwise with just five giveaways while allowing just four second-chance points to the Aggies.

Morgan Means, Zack Moore and Scott Ulaneo helped the offensive find a bit more spark in the second half. The trio combined for 25 of the Redhawks’ 30 second-half points, hitting 8-for-17 from the field.

But nine turnovers turned to 15 points for New Mexico State and the Aggies shot 48 percent from the field to keep Seattle U at bay.

Means finished with 13 points and Ulaneo added 12 off the bench. Moore finished with nine points on three triples.

Eli Chuha went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field on his way to 17 points and 11 boards. Braxton Huggins added 16 points and Matt Taylor had 15.

The regular-season concludes March 4 as the Redhawks travel to Utah Valley. Tip off from Orem, Utah, is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT, 6:00 p.m. PT. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM and mynorthwest.com.

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