NCAA Game Summary - New Mexico at New Mexico State
(Wednesday, December 19th)
Final Score: (16) New Mexico 68, New Mexico State 63
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) - Kendall Williams scored a game-high 24
points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds as No. 16 New Mexico hung
on for a 68-63 win over in-state rival New Mexico State on Wednesday at Pan
Hugh Greenwood added 10 points and six rebounds, while Cameron Bairstow
contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Lobos (12-0). Tony Snell
chipped in with 11 points in the victory, the Lobos' second over New Mexico
State in four days.
Daniel Mullings netted a team-high 13 points to go with five rebounds and five
assists, while Kevin Aronis donated 12 points for the Aggies (5-6), who shot
just 38.2 percent from the floor.
With the Lobos ahead 34-32 after 20 minutes, it remained a one-possession game
through the first five-plus minutes of the second stanza, until New Mexico
gave itself some breathing room.
With the game tied, 41-41, Snell went on a personal 6-0 run and Nick Banyard
added a jumper with 12:04 to go, which gave the Lobos a 49-41 advantage.
Remi Barry connected on a jumper and Aronis followed with a trey to cut the
deficit to 49-46 with 10:50 left.
A layup by Mullings with seven minutes left made it a 54-51 New Mexico lead,
but both teams went ice cold from the floor after that.
It stayed 54-51 until Williams sank a pair of free throws with 4 1/2 minutes
left, pushing the Lobos' lead to 56-51.
Sim Bhullar hit a layup with 2:19 to play, cutting the New Mexico advantage to
61-56, but the visitors held on for the victory.
New Mexico jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead less than four minutes into the
game, but the Aggies responded with a 13-2 burst, capped by a Barry 3-ball, to
snag a 17-10 advantage with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half.
Tyrone Watson buried a trey later in the half to give New Mexico State a
seemingly comfortable 25-14 lead.
But, the visitors rallied with a 16-5 outburst, capped by a Williams jumper
with 2:39 left in the half, to tie the contest, 30-30.
New Mexico now owns a 115-95 advantage in the all-time series ... The Aggies
have not beaten a ranked opponent since Jan. 20 2007, when they handed Nevada
an 80-73 setback ... The Aggies struggled from the free throw line, hitting
just 11-of-20 attempts.
12/19 23:52:52 ET
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