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Nevada 87, New Mexico St. 78

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Brandon Fields scored 21 points to lead the Nevada Wolf Pack to a 87-78 win over New Mexico State University on Thursday in the Pan American Center.

In the first game of the season between the Western Athletic Conference teams, Nevada (11-7, 3-2 WAC) maintained its 11-point halftime lead against the Aggies (10-11, 4-2) to secure a valuable road win.

Nevada led by 18 points with 4:39 remaining in the game, and despite a 19-point performance by NMSU freshman Jahmar Young, the Aggies couldn't cut the deficit.

The Wolf Pack was anchored by four players with double digit scoring, including Fields and freshman Armon Johnson, who finished with 20 points. Nevada's leading scorer, Marcelus Kemp, had 17 points and teammate JaVale McGee added 12 points.

NMSU's offensive effort was led by Young and senior Justin Hawkins, who ended the night with 18 points and seven rebounds.