Las Cruces native Gordo Castillo hit four 3-point shots for a career-high 12 points as he lifted New Mexico State to an 82-72 win over Hawai'i on Saturday.
The victory was the third consecutive win in the Pan American
Center for NMSU as the Aggies improved to 11-11, 5-4 in the Western
Hawai'i (10-11, 2-7 WAC) took an early lead, but the Aggies held
a 39-31 halftime advantage after an 11-5 run at the end of the
Seven minutes into the second half, Castillo hit back-to-back
3-point buckets to put the Aggies up by 11 points at 50-39.
After Hawai'i narrowed the deficit to seven points, Castillo hit
another shot from beyond the arch for a 10-point advantage at
Castillos final 3-point shot fell with five minutes remaining
to once again secure a double-digit lead at 62-50.
After the shot by Castillo, NMSU maintained a lead of at least
six points through the final buzzer.
The Aggies 78.8 percent free-throw shooting stabilized the
teams offense as Hawai'i sent NMSU to the free-throw line six times
in the final minute of the game.
Roderick Flemings led Hawai'i with 27 points and Bill Amis added
18 points and nine rebounds, but the Warriors offense struggled as
the team shot 38 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from
Jahmar Young scored a team-high 25 points for NMSU after he went
into Saturdays game averaging 18 points and 2.29 3-point shots per
game to lead the WAC.