Jabari Rice scored 10 points and Mohamed Thiam grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Aggies (18-4, 7-1 Western Athletic Conference), who made 15 of 37 3-pointers and scored 32 points off of 21 Cougars' turnovers.
Keyon Jones' driving layup capped New Mexico State's opening 21-5 run and the Cougars led by as many as 27 and 46-21 at halftime. Thiam's 3 with 11:03 to play put the Aggies up by 41 and they won going away.
Bruce Pearl has Auburn back in the Sweet 16
The Tigers dominated Kansas on Saturday for their 10th consecutive win and the coach's first trip to the Sweet 16 in nine years.
Auburn blows past Kansas 89-75 to reach Sweet 16
Bruce Pearl's Auburn rebuilding project took a massive leap.
Edwards sets Purdue record in 42-point performance
Carsen Edwards hits nine 3-pointers, a Purdue record, and scores a career-high 42 points in the 87-61 win over Villanova.