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New Mexico State beats San Diego in game one after fatal shooting in Albuquerque

The Aggies returned to court in their first appearance since Saturday’s Albuquerque shooting that hospitalized New Mexico basketball player Mike Peake and resulted in the death of a University of New Mexico student.

A game against New Mexico scheduled for Saturday afternoon was canceled after the shooting.

NM State beat San Diego 90-77 to go 2-1 in the first of two games at the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday. The Aggies play UC Irvine at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s been some difficult times,” Aggies coach Greg Heiar said on the pre-game radio show. “It’s like a movie, but we’re getting a little bit better every day. … We are resilient and will react accordingly.”

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Heiar appeared to be playing his normal rotation, with Doctor Bradley and James Beck making their first starts of the season, while Issa Muhammad made his first off the bench in the Aggies’ first three games.

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