LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State is reporting a five-year high in athletic ticket sales thanks to excitement around football and basketball.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports New Mexico State had a $326,000 surplus in ticket sales last year — the most in New Mexico State athletics director Mario Moccia's five years.

The ticket sale came a year after New Mexico State won a bowl game for the first time in five decades and hype around the Aggies' basketball season.

Athletics budgeted for $1.2 million in ticket sales last year and sold over $1.5 million.

New Mexico State has reduced the season ticket budget from $210,000 last year to $110,000 after the football team went 3-9 last season.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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