LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)—Jahmar Young hit four 3-point buckets and scored 32 points to lead New Mexico State to an 89-81 win against San Jose State on Thursday.
NMSU (10-11, 4-4 Western Athletic Conference) marked their ninth consecutive series victory against the Spartans (9-10, 3-5 WAC).
In a late surge by the Spartans, Tim Pierce hit four field goals in a 9-0 run by San Jose State to take the lead at 72-68 before the Spartan freshman added a lay up and drew a foul to capture a 75-70 advantage with five minutes left to play.
Young followed with a 3-pointer and a lay up, and with 3:50 remaining Troy Gillenwater hit a 2-point bucket to tie the game at 77-77.
Jonathan Gibson put NMSU ahead 79-77 with a pair of foul shots, and a San Jose State turnover opened the door for Gillenwater to add one more point for an 80-77 lead.
Gibson sealed the victory with a 3-point shot that fell with three seconds on the shot clock and 53 seconds in regulation to make the score 83-77.
In the final seconds, Young and Gillenwater contributed a combined six free throws for the Aggies, and Pierce hit two more field goals to bring his offensive total to 15 points.
Gillenwater finished the night with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Gibson ended with 12 points.
Adrian Oliver dominated the Spartan offense as he went 13-for-14 from the foul line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish with 28 points.