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New Mexico beats Nevada 71-66, sets up tourney rematch

RENO, Nev. (AP) Elijah Brown had 17 points, Cullen Neal scored 16 and New Mexico beat Nevada 71-66 on Saturday night in the season finale for both teams.

The Lobos tied the Wolf Pack for fourth place in the Mountain West standings and the teams will meet again in the first round of the conference tournament on Thursday – New Mexico as the fourth seed and Nevada as the fifth seed. The Lobos earned the higher seed by sweeping the season series.

Obij Aget added 12 points and Tim Williams scored 11 for New Mexico (17-14, 10-8), which led by 20 with 10:46 left in the game. D.J. Fenner led the charge that pulled the Wolf Pack (18-12, 10-8) within five, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the final 5:45.

Tyron Criswell had 20 points to lead Nevada. Cameron Oliver added 13 and Eric Cooper Jr. 11.

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