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Vandals falls short in WAC opener

| December 30, 2010 8:00 PM

MOSCOW (AP) - Troy Gillenwater scored 22 points Wednesday night and New Mexico State (7-8) held off Idaho 74-69 in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Idaho was led by Kyle Barone with 22 points and Luiz Toledo with 14. Both had nine rebounds for the Vandals (6-6).

NEW MEXICO ST. (7-8)

Kabongo 1-8 2-4 5, Sy 3-4 0-0 8, Laroche 5-9 1-4 12, Nephawe 3-5 4-4 10, Watson 4-6 4-5 12, Rahman 2-4 0-0 4, Gillenwater 8-18 5-6 22, Castillo 0-4 1-2 1, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 17-25 74.

IDAHO (6-6)

Ledbetter 1-6 0-0 3, Henderson 4-8 0-0 9, Wiley 2-4 2-2 6, Toledo 4-9 6-7 14, Geiger 3-8 0-1 8, Tatum 2-6 3-5 7, Barone 8-9 6-6 22, Madison 0-2 0-0 0, Kammerer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 17-21 69.

Halftime_Idaho 31-29. 3-Point Goals_New Mexico St. 5-23 (Sy 2-3, Laroche 1-3, Kabongo 1-5, Gillenwater 1-7, Watson 0-1, Castillo 0-4), Idaho 4-14 (Geiger 2-6, Henderson 1-2, Ledbetter 1-4, Madison 0-2). Fouled Out_Nephawe. Rebounds_New Mexico St. 36 (Gillenwater 7), Idaho 33 (Barone, Toledo 9). Assists_New Mexico St. 10 (Laroche 6), Idaho 11 (Henderson 5). Total Fouls_New Mexico St. 18, Idaho 17. A_503.

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