Jackson scores 18 to lift UTEP over New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—Stefon Jackson overcame a rough night from the field by sinking all 12 of his free throws, finishing with 18 points Tuesday to help UTEP snare a 73-60 victory over New Mexico.

It’s just the second win for the Miners (9-5) in Albuquerque in the last 12 visits dating back to 1991.

Jackson was 3-of-12 shooting, but he made up for it from the line, leading a strong UTEP effort as the Miners made 26-29 foul shots. He was one of five Miners in double figures, with Randy Culpepper coming off the bench to add 14. Daniel Faris led New Mexico (9-7) with 16 points.

But it was Tavaris Watts’ 3-pointer that ignited a 14-2 UTEP run in the second half and tilted the game in the Miners’ favor. The shot put UTEP up to stay at 43-42.

UTEP trailed at the half 27-24, equaling its lowest output of the season. The half was notable for its poor play as the teams combined to shoot 30.1 percent, although New Mexico took its lead thanks to a 13-2 run before the break.

UNM held UTEP without a field goal over the final 4:50 of the first half after Culpepper’s baseline 3-pointer put the Miners up 22-14

The Miners, however, opened up the second half with a 6-1 surge, although the teams took turns holding the advantage, trading the lead three times and knotting it three others before Watts began the deciding run.

New Mexico missed its first nine shots from 3-point range before Chad Toppert found the range five minutes into the second.

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5-8,  12 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists
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