Troy Simons scored 17 points, Joe Furstinger and Sam Logwood added 16 apiece and New Mexico beat Utah State 83-68 on Friday night in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The Aztecs will be playing their fourth championship game in five years but they have failed to win the title since 2011.
The Wolf Pack (27-7), who won the Mountain West regular-season title, will nearly certainly earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced Sunday.
New Mexico Lobos bench reacts after a play against San Diego State Aztecs in the first half of the Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament final at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 10, 2018.
The victor looks of this match get the league's automatic bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Lance Lynn, Twins Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $12M Contract
By extending the offer, the Cardinals ensure that they will receive a compensation draft pick when Lynn signs with Minnesota. Per MLB Network's Jon Morosi , the contract will be for one year and is worth $12 million guaranteed.
United Kingdom to seek exemption from U.S. steel tariffs
Trump, who excluded Canada and Mexico from the tariffs, singled out Australia on Thursday as another country that could be exempt. And she made her case to Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, while in NY this week.
'Black Panther 2' Has 'A Pretty Solid Direction' Already
While empires have risen and fallen in the rest of the world, Wakanda's isolationist people have kept to themselves. Wakanda forever! Or, at least, Wakanda once more - because the Black Panther sequel has officially been confirmed.
Senior guard Trey Kell played hero-ball, scoring 21 of his career-high 28 points in a blistering second half which helped send the Aztecs back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. If San Diego State does that again they have a good shot to win.
There is no March setup more exciting than the one which sees two teams meeting for a game where both are fully aware that the victor gets to play in the NCAA Tournament and the loser does not. "And I saw that we were down by about six", Kell said. New Mexico led 63-57 before San Diego State went on a 15-2 run.
Ranked fifth in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (11.1), New Mexico was 8 of 24 from beyond the arc. Not sure if they can do that vs. San Diego State but it will be interesting to see. Sam Merrill led a quartet of Aggies with 10 points or more. "And we didn't make shots".
The Aggies were befuddled all night by the Lobos' constant pressure defense, which caused 13 turnovers. I wish I could give them a different ending because they worked so hard and they gave so much and you always - like your kids - want to reward them for things like that Unfortunately I couldn't reward them tonight.
San Diego State: The Aztecs overcame their postseason woes against New Mexico, which came into the game sporting a 4-1 mark against San Diego State in the Mountain West tournament and 2-1 when the teams met as members in the Western Athletic Conference tournament. New Mexico was eliminated in its first game each of the past three seasons. USU is now (5-4x) in MWC tournament games.