Despite opening the game in a 17-2 hole, the Redhawks rallied back within a possession in the second half before falling 75-62.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Zach Lofton and Eli Chuha combined to score 29 points and New Mexico State used a big first half to post a 75-62 win over Seattle to remain unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference competition Thursday night.

The home game was the Aggies first in more than a month and they extended their win streak against the Redhawks to seven.

New Mexico (16-3, 4-0 WAC) built a 37-22 lead by intermission. The Redhawks used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to pull to 49-46. But the Aggies responded with an 8-0 run.

Seattle U put itself in a big hole early, trailing 17-2 to start the game.

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“We dug ourselves a big hole to start the game and we turned the ball over too much to go into a hostile environment and win,” said Seattle U coach Jim Hayford. “We showed great cohesion to make it a three-point game in the second half, but to beat a quality opponent like New Mexico State is, you can’t make that many mistakes. I’m never happy with a loss, but we did get better tonight and we’ll learn from it.”

Matej Kavas scored 20 points to lead Seattle (13-8, 2-2). Jordan Hill added 12 points, and Aaron Menzies had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Seattle U’s road trip wraps up Saturday in Edinburg, Texas, against Texas-Rio Grande Valley.