New Mexico State 81, San Jose State 75, OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Tyrone Nelson scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime, rallying New Mexico State to an 81-75 overtime victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.
The Aggies (8-10, 4-3 WAC) rallied from 13 points down in the second half to win the first meeting in 10 years between the two schools that used to be in the Big West conference.
Nelson, the Aggies leading scorer, scored their final six points of regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 68. He didn’t score in overtime, but his teammates picked up the slack with a 7-0 burst at the start of the extra period.
Mike Mitchell, who scored 24 points, started it off with a 3-pointer and the Spartans never cut the lead below the three the rest of the way.
Alex Elam scored 27 points to lead the Spartans (5-14, 1-5), who have lost nine of 10. San Jose State outrebounded New Mexico State 49-34 with 20 of those on the offensive end.
The Aggies forced 17 turnovers in stepping up their defensive intensity in the second half.
Mitchell’s steal and lay-up with 11:56 to go in the second half worked New Mexico State into a 44-44 tie.