Las Vegas, NV – New Mexico State took advantage of their physical superiority as they topped Idaho 77-55 to win the WAC title and another trip to the NCAA Tournament. 7’5″, 355-pound Sim Bhullar was named tournament MVP after scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Fellow Canadian Daniel Mullings led the Aggies with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Bhullar attracted the defensive attention of the Vandals. He was double-teamed which opened up the outside for Mullings as well as room inside for the Aggies’ (26-9) other big men. 6’10” South African Tshilidzi Nephawe added 12 points and seven rebounds as New Mexico State enjoyed a +17 rebounding advantage and a +30 scoring advantage inside.
The Aggies shot 56 percent from the field while holding Idaho to 38 percent from the field including 2-of-13 on three-pointers.
“This year’s been a roller coaster ride,” Mullings said. “Like coach always says at the beginning of the season, every team has its trials and tribulations just like we had ours. We had a couple highs, good games and good wins in nonconference and we had a couple of lows in conference play, but the good thing about us is we stick together.”
Idaho (16-18) was led by Stephen Madison’s 17 points as the Vandals tried to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990. Mike Scott added 14 points. The Vandals surprised top-seeded and regular-season champion Utah Valley in the semifinals.
New Mexico State pulled out early to a 23-13 lead and didn’t look back leading 39-25 at the half. Idaho had no answer for Bhullar. The tallest Idaho starter was 6’9″ and was outweighed by 130 pounds. Bhullar had no problem getting deep post position and either scored inside or passed out after he was double teamed.
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