New Mexico State broke open a tie game midway through the first half and cruised to a 69-43 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday in Las Cruces.

The Aggies improved to 8-0 in Western Athletic Conference play and 21-3 overall. The Roadrunners, who entered the game having won two straight, fall to 3-6 (sixth place WAC) and 10-14 overall.

The Runners kept pace with the Aggies early on, leading 5-4, 9-8 and 11-10. The game was tied at 14 nine minutes into the opening half but the Aggies went on a 17-4 run for a comfortable 31-18 lead at the half.

The Runners shot just 25 percent for the game, connected just 58.8 percent from the free throw line and were 1-of-10 (10 percent) from 3-point range.

Damiyne Durham led CSUB with 11 points, Ricky Holden and Justin Davis each had eight. Bent Wrapp did not take a shot or score in 21 minutes of play.

In other news, Shon Briggs, who injured his foot in CSUB’s last game, underwent surgery on Thursday and is out indefinitely.

The Roadrunners play at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday.

Mike Griffith can be reached at 661 395-7390. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeGriffith54.