New Mexico slips past Fresno State in overtime 95-86 | KOB 4

New Mexico slips past Fresno State in overtime 95-86

New Mexico slips past Fresno State in overtime 95-86

The Associated Press
March 04, 2018 11:17 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Troy Simons swished all six of his foul shots in overtime and Anthony Mathis pumped in 23 points to help New Mexico to a 95-86 win Saturday over Fresno State.


The only shot Mathis, who sank five 3-pointers, missed came at the buzzer of regulation.

Jahmel Taylor, who had 23 points, fueled a frenetic Bulldogs comeback, hitting four 3s in the final 4:24, including the shot that forced overtime with 18.1 seconds left.

But Simons, who had 16 points, and Antino Jackson, who scored four in overtime to also finish with 16, was too much for Fresno State (21-10, 11-7 Mountain West) in the extra session as the Lobos won their fifth straight game.

New Mexico (17-14, 12-6) appeared to take control of the game near the end of the first half, going up 39-27 with a raucous 15-3 run that included a steal and fastbreak layup plus one, then another and-one moments later and an alley-oop dunk from Sam Logwood off a Mathis feed and capped by a Mathis 3-pointer.

But the Bulldogs ended the half on a 7-0 run to trail 39-34 at the break.

A 13-2 run restored New Mexico's advantage at 52-38 before the Bulldogs came back with a 10-0 surge of their own to pull within 54-44.


With the win, New Mexico clinches third place in the conference.

The loss for Fresno State drops the Bulldogs to fourth place.


The Lobos earned a second-round matchup Thursday between the winner of Wednesday's conference opener between sixth seed San Diego State and No. 11 seed San José State. And, it puts New Mexico on the opposite side of the bracket of top-seed Nevada.

The Bulldogs slide to fourth seed to meet Wyoming on Thursday.

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