Updated: 12/17/2013 10:42 PM |
Created: 12/17/2013 9:29 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
New Mexico State thwarted a late comeback to defeat rival New Mexico 67-61 at the Pit on Tuesday night. K.C. Ross Miller led the Aggies with 16 points.
Tshilidzi Nephawe and Daniel Mullings each scored 14 as New Mexico State won its first game against the Lobos since a win at the Pit in 2011.
It was evident early on that the Lobos were hurt without starting point guard Hugh Greenwood, who was in street clothes for the first time in 51 games at New Mexico.
The Aggies caused 6 turnovers and jumped to a 23-5 lead early in the 1st half. The Lobos were down 39-26 at the half. New Mexico had 11 turnovers in the game and did not make a 3-point basket for the first time since 1991.
New Mexico State had no trouble from long range. The Aggies hit 7 shots from 3-point range in the first half alone. The Aggies cooled down a little in the second half, in large part to an emphasis to play down low, but the damage was done.
Cameron Bairstow led the Lobos with 25 points on 9-14 shooting. Kendall Williams had 17 points, 14 in the second half. He was vital in closing the Aggie lead to within 2 point with less than a minute to play.
But a couple costly mistakes and the Aggies ability to take advantage of their situations kept the Lobos threat at bay.
The Lobos and the Aggies split the Rio Grande Rivalry this season with each team winning on the road. New Mexico leads the overall series, 116-96.