New Mexico beats rival New Mexico State, 68-66
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)—Daniel Faris hit a jumper with 40 seconds left Tuesday night to help New Mexico past New Mexico State 68-66.
Faris’ jumper gave the Lobos a 67-66 lead. New Mexico State’s Hernst Larouche missed a jumper with 18 seconds left that would have put the Aggies up by one.
New Mexico guard Dairese Gary followed with a free throw at 14.1 seconds to put the Lobos up 68-66. The Aggies had a chance to tie or win the game but missed two shots in the final seconds.
New Mexico (9-5) earned a season sweep of NMSU (6-7) and now leads the series 108-94. New Mexico State lost for the first time at home this season.
New Mexico was led by Faris’ 17 points and 11 rebounds. Roman Martinez added 16 points and Tony Danridge finished with 12 points.
The Lobos made five of their eight 3-pointers in the second half and also outrebounded the Aggies 37-32. New Mexico also used a 24-15 advantage in points off turnovers toward the win.
New Mexico State got a season-high 22 points from guard Jonathan Gibson and 15 points from forward Wendell McKines. The Aggies stayed in the game by making 24 of 31 from the free throw line. New Mexico State shot just 39.6 percent from the field.
The first half was tight with six lead changes, but it was New Mexico that took a 30-28 halftime lead by scoring the final six points of the half. Neither team shot the ball well from the field—NMSU shot 29.6, while UNM was a notch higher at 34.4.
The two teams also combined for 21 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Lobos got 10 points from Faris to lead the way early, while NMSU got nine points each from McKines and Gibson.