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.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
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