New Mexico State beats rival UTEP
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)—Jahmar Young scored 22 points and Jonathan Gibson 19 to lead New Mexico State to a 90-78 victory over UTEP in Las Cruces on Sunday.
New Mexico State shot a blistering 54.9 percent from the field at the Pan American Center, while the Miners hit 42.6 percent of their shots.
The Aggies (4-4) had five players score in double figures in a balanced attack.
The Aggies took a 38-24 lead into halftime and held off the Miners (4-4) in the final 20 minutes, leading by as many as 18 points.
UTEP’s best success came in the opening three minutes of the game, as the Miners jumped out to a 9-4 lead. NMSU countered with a 15-3 run, taking control of the game.
The Aggies’ Wendell McKines had 15 and 10 rebounds, scoring 10 points and eight boards in the opening half for New Mexico State.
The Miners were led by Randy Culpepper, who finished with 24 points on 9-of-24 from the field. Stefon Jackson added 23 for the Miners.
The two teams will meet again next Saturday in El Paso, Texas.