Lobos rally behind Jackson, beat San Diego St. 79-75 | KOB 4

Lobos rally behind Jackson, beat San Diego St. 79-75

The Associated Press and Lee Faria
January 20, 2018 09:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Antino Jackson scored New Mexico's five points in the closing moments, including the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left, to lift the Lobos to a 79-75 victory Saturday over San Diego State.


The Lobos finished the game with a 13-2 run over the final five minutes to erase a 73-66 deficit.

Jackson finished with 24 points and six assists and Anthony Mathis added 21 points for New Mexico (10-11, 5-3 Mountain West).

Malik Pope and Devin Watson each scored 16 for the Aztecs (11-7, 3-4).

Makuach Maluach scored 15 and Joe Furstinger added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to offset a lack of production from the rest of the squad.

San Diego State was beset by foul troubles, starters Jalen McDaniels, who still finished with 13 points, and Matt Mitchell each sitting for long stretches.

McDaniels scored six of his points in an 8-0 SDSU first-half run that put it up 20-13, a lead that grew to 48-38 at halftime.

But behind a productive second half from behind the arc, New Mexico was able to gradually close the gap, then used a 9-0 run capped by Jackson's fourth 3-pointer of the second half to go up 75-73 with three minutes remaining.


The Aztecs remain in fifth pending Utah State's late home game against Wyoming.

New Mexico's win moves it into sole possession of third place in the Mountain West, a half-game ahead of Fresno State, whose game Saturday at conference cellar-dweller and winless Air Force was at the very least postponed and possibly cancelled because of the federal government shutdown.


San Diego State is next at home Wednesday against Colorado State.

New Mexico also plays the Rams next at home Jan. 27.

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