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Originally published Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

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Redhawks fail to finish, lose in two OTs, 83-82

The Redhawks lost a lead in regulation before rallying from a six-point deficit with 47 seconds left to force a second overtime.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Could Seattle University men's basketball team hang on?

That's something the Redhawks have been unable to do of late, and it again became the question as they grabbed a lead in the second half Thursday night against New Mexico State at KeyArena.

Once again, the Redhawks could not finish, this time in maybe the most frustrating fashion of all, losing 83-82 to New Mexico State in double overtime in front of 2,273.

"Same problem we've been having down the stretch, closing it out," said Seattle coach Cameron Dollar, whose team led late in each of its previous three Western Athletic Conference games before losing. "Hate to keep losing games like this. But we've got to do a better job of the details of finishing games."

Dollar was left to lament most the inability to get a rebound on New Mexico State's final possession of regulation. Seattle U. (5-9, 0-4 WAC) led 67-64 when the Aggies' Cy Bandja missed a three-pointer with 21 seconds left.

But New Mexico State (9-8, 3-2) rebounded and after the ball got passed around the perimeter, it ended up back in the hands of a wide-open Bandja. This time, he hit it from the corner with 7.4 seconds left to tie it.

Seattle U. could not get off a shot and the game went to overtime.

The Aggies led by six in OT with less than a minute left before the Redhawks scored six points in the final 47 seconds to force a second overtime. Chad Rasmussen's three-pointer with 20 seconds left tied it. Seattle U forced a turnover and had a chance to win, but Prince Obasi missed a 15-footer with two seconds left.

In the second OT, Tyrone Watson banked in a jumper with 3:05 on the clock to put the Aggies ahead for good.

Louis Green, Clarence Trent and Obasi each scored 15 to lead the Redhawks. Watson had 26 for the Aggies and Bandja scored 23, while 7-foot-5, 360-pound center Sim Bhullar added five points and 11 rebounds.

The Redhawks have lost six of eight, five by nine points or fewer, all games that were within reach late.

"We will not be broken," Dollar said. "As much as you hate it, it builds some tough skin."

The Redhawks host Denver at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena.

NEW MEXICO ST. 83, SEATTLE 82, 2OT

NEW MEXICO STATE — Sy 8-18 6-11 23, Watson 10-18 6-7 26, Bhullar 2-10 1-2 5, Ross-Miller 0-3 3-4 3, Mullings 8-15 2-3 19, Barry 0-0 1-2 1, Aronis 1-2 0-0 3, de Rouen 0-4 0-0 0, Dixon 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 30-74 20-31 83.

SEATTLE — Sunderhaus 3-7 0-0 6, Trent 5-12 3-4 15, Rasmussen 3-13 0-0 9, Obasi 6-11 2-3 15, Pickett 4-14 5-7 13, Tate 0-0 0-0 0, Green 7-13 1-3 15, Crook 2-5 0-0 4, Bidart 1-1 0-0 2, Flora 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 32-80 11-17 82.

Halftime — NMSU 36-34. End of regulation — Tied at 67. End of overtime — Tied at 73. Three-point goals — NMSU 3-10 (Mullings 1-1, Aronis 1-2, Sy 1-3, Ross-Miller 0-1, Dixon 0-1, de Rouen 0-2), Seattle 7-25 (Rasmussen 3-11, Trent 2-6, Flora 1-2, Obasi 1-2, Sunderhaus 0-1, Pickett 0-3). Fouled out — Sunderhaus, Trent, de Rouen. Rebounds — NMSU 47 (Bhullar 11), Seattle 54 (Obasi 11). Assists — NMSU 12 (Watson 5), Seattle 15 (Obasi 4). Total fouls — NMSU 14, Seattle 25. A — 2,273.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Kacie Sowell had 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Redhawks women (7-6, 4-0) stayed perfect in the WAC by beating New Mexico State (9-6, 3-2).

Sowell, a 6-2 junior forward who came in averaging 17.3 points, hit 10 of 13 shots from the field. Guards Sylvia Shephard and Daidra Brown each added 10 points for Seattle, which led 34-27 at halftime.

SEATTLE 60, NEW MEXICO ST. 54

SEATTLE — Shephard 3-11 1-2 10, Ward 0-11 4-6 4, Flournoy 1-3 0-0 2, Sowell 10-13 1-2 21, Adhiambo 2-4 1-2 5, Dillard-Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 5-8 0-2 10, Ross 2-7 1-1 5, Stoffel 0-0 0-0 0, McCarthy 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 24-60 8-15 60.

NEW MEXICO STATE — Weber 1-6 1-4 3, Williamson 8-17 4-7 22, Gilbreath 7-17 2-3 17, Rozendaal 1-4 0-0 2, Scott 0-3 2-2 2, Magazzeni 0-1 0-0 0, Ruedin 0-1 0-0 0, Rutledge 1-5 3-6 5, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Fletcher 0-0 0-0 0, Holguin 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 19-57 12-22 54.

Halftime — Seattle 34-27. Three-point goals — Seattle 4-18 (Shephard 3-9, Ward 0-6, Brown 0-1, McCarthy 1-2), NMSU 4-18 (Weber 0-2, Williamson 2-6, Gilbreath 1-5, Scott 0-3, Holguin 1-2). Fouled out — Weber. Rebounds — Seattle 40 (Sowell 14), NMSU 36 (Rutledge 10). Assists — Seattle 16 (Adhiambo, Shephard 4), NMSU 13 (Weber, Williamson, Rutledge 3). Total fouls — Seattle 20, NMSU 17. A — 1,079.

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