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New Mexico State Tops Washington, 79-75
Release: 12/30/1999
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Dec. 30, 1999

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Billy Keys scored 6 of his game-high 27 points in overtime as New Mexico State came back to beat Washington 79-75 on Thursday night.

The victory gave the Aggies (8-2) their seventh-consecutive home win and head coach Lou Henson his 712th career win.

The Huskies used a 10-2 run with 4:16 remaining in the first half to take a 34-28 lead. Washington continued to drop shots and pulled ahead by 8 at halftime.

The Huskies opened the second half on an 8-2 run and extended their lead to 50-36.

Despite poor shooting, the Aggies used tough defense to fight their way back to a single-digit deficit.

A layup by Will Perkins put Washington ahead 60-52 with 7:30 left in the second half, but Aaron Brodt scored five straight points to pull the Aggies within five, 62-57.

The Aggies got the ball back after Thalow Green missed a jump shot with one minute left. Brad Bestor was fouled at the other end and hit two free throws with 33.9 seconds left.

The Aggies were fouled again seconds later. This time Grant Leep hit one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to set up a driving layup by Keys, which sent the game into overtime.

Michael Johnson, who led Washington with 17 points and 7 rebounds, hit a 5-foot jumper to bring the Huskies within two, 77-75, with 21.9 seconds left.

But Eric Channing and Zack Norvell each hit free throws to seal the victory.

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