LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jabari Rice had 20 points as New Mexico State won its 16th straight game and clinced the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, getting past Texas Rio Grande Valley 78-62 on Saturday night.
Terrell Brown had 18 points for New Mexico State (22-6, 13-0). Ivan Aurrecoechea added 10 rebounds.
Lesley Varner II had 23 points for the Vaqueros (12-15, 7-6), whose six-game winning streak ended with the loss. Javon Levi added 13 points and 11 assists.
The Aggies improve to 2-0 against the Vaqueros for the season. New Mexico State defeated Texas Rio Grande Valley 67-62 on Jan. 25. New Mexico State plays Grand Canyon on the road on Thursday. Texas Rio Grande Valley takes on Cal State Bakersfield on the road on Thursday.