San Diego St. 73, New Mexico 68
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Lorenzo Wade recorded his first career double-double scoring 13 points and pulling down 12 rebounds as San Diego State defeated New Mexico 73-68 on Wednesday night.
With the victory, the Aztecs improved to 13-5 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico, which has lost five of its last six, is 12-8 (1-4 MWC).
In a game with 11 lead changes, San Diego State trailed 53-52 with 7:44 left. However the Aztecs, sparked by Wade, Brandon Heath and Mohamed Abukar, outscored the Lobos 17-7 and took a 69-60 lead with 2:21 left.
Heath led San Diego State with 16 points while Abukar added 14. Tony Dandridge had 18 points for New Mexico and Chad Toppert contributed 12, hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range.
It was Toppert’s three-straight treys that lifted New Mexico from a 46-42 deficit into a 53-52 lead. However, Wade, who also had four assists and three steals, drained a three that kicked off the 17-7 run.
Wade followed with a dunk following a spectacular steal and pass by Heath.
With its 13-5 record, San Diego State has its best 18-game record since the 1984-85 squad opened 14-4. Last season when the Aztecs won a school-record 24 games, the team was 12-6 after 18 games.