RUSTON, La. -- Alex Hamilton hit 10 of 10 from the foul line and led Louisiana Tech with a career-high 20 points as the Bulldogs purged recent demons with an 81-72 victory over New Mexico State Monday night.
Louisiana State had lost seven straight in the Western Athletic Conference rivalry, including last year's conference championship game.
The Aggies (6-8, 0-2) pulled to 63-61 with 13:49 left before Hamilton scored eight points -- including five straight -- during an 11-4 run to go up 74-65.
Hamilton, a true freshman, saw expanded action for the second consecutive game after scoring eight points in 21 minutes against Denver Saturday.
Daniel Mullings paced the Aggies with 21 points.
New Mexico State entered hitting 30 percent from 3-point range, but made just 1 of 12 from deep Monday.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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