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Grand Canyon relinquishes lead, falls to New Mexico State

Grand Canyon guard Joshua Braun (2) goes in for a layup around the defense of Louisville forward Anas Mahmoud (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Jemerrio Jones scored 27 points and matched his career high by snaring 20 rebounds and New Mexico State thrilled a packed home-court crowd by coming from behind to beat Grand Canyon, 74-70 Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the Western Athletic Conference.

Grand Canyon, which was upset Thursday by UT-Rio Grande Valley, falls to fourth in the WAC behind Seattle and Utah Valley with four losses in conference.

The Antelopes held a 10-point lead, 63-53 after Keonta Vernon scored at the basket with 7:52 left. Jones answered with three straight field goals. After Vernon hit the first of two free throws, A.J. Harris made two free throws and knocked down a trey to tie the game and Zach Lofton put the Aggies ahead, 66-64 with two more free throws. Harris’ layup with 1:49 left put New Mexico State up for good, 71-69.

Lofton and Harris both contributed 15 points for New Mexico State (22-3, 9-0).

Oscar Frayer scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Grand Canyon (17-9, 6-4). Vernon and Alessandro Lever each added 13 points.

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