Darius Brown II Secures Win for No. 22 Utah State with Last-Second Three

Darius Brown II became the unsung hero for No. 22 Utah State with a game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in a nail-biter that had the crowd on the edge of their seats right up to the buzzer.

This remarkable shot secured an 87-85 victory over New Mexico, and with it, Utah State clinched its first outright Mountain West regular-season title. Ian Martinez also put on an impressive performance, scoring 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, fueling the team’s offense and contributing significantly to this pivotal win.

The match, held on a vibrant Saturday night, will be remembered as a defining moment in Utah State’s basketball history.

Decisive Moments Lead to Utah State Victory

With the game knotted at 84 all, the atmosphere was electric and the pressure immense. It was in this crucible that Darius Brown II showcased his mettle, sinking a game-defining 3-pointer to propel Utah State to an 87-84 lead, leaving New Mexico scrambling in the final seconds.

Jaelen House managed to score a free throw for the Lobos with just two seconds remaining, adding a dramatic twist to the game’s conclusion. Notable performances included Great Osobor, who dazzled with 21 points, marking his 12th game this season scoring 20 or more.

Brown himself tallied 19 points for Utah State (26-5, 14-4), underscoring the team’s robust performance since joining the conference in 2013. On the opposing side, Mustapha Amzil led New Mexico (22-9, 10-8) with 18 points, closely followed by Donovan Dent with 17, showcasing the depth of talent on both teams.

Lobos Command First Half with High Shooting Efficiency

The New Mexico attack got going at the beginning of the game and never let up. Within the first 10 minutes, their shooting was red hot, boasting a 70% success rate from the field and an impressive 60% from beyond the arc. Their strategy focused on dominance inside the paint, where 14 of their initial 16 points were scored. JT Toppin was a notable performer in the first half, contributing 10 points to the scoreboard.

The Lobos also had a strong presence under the basket, with Nelly Joseph grabbing eight rebounds before the break, including four offensive ones, creating second-chance opportunities. Mustapha Amzil’s energy from the bench was palpable as he sank three consecutive 3-pointers, boosting the team’s morale. In the closing minutes of the first half, New Mexico tightened its defense, limiting Utah State to just two free throws while racking up nine points to secure a 44-39 lead at halftime.

Despite Utah State’s strong start to the second half, New Mexico regained its momentum, particularly from 3-point range, which shifted the game dynamics. The lively interaction between the Lobos’ Jaelen House and the Utah State student section sparked further intensity in the arena. Yet, Utah State managed to claw back the lead, courtesy of emphatic dunks from Great Osobor and Kalifa Sakho.

This game not only highlighted the competitive spirit of college basketball but also mirrored the unpredictability seen in NBA Teams Odds, where momentum swings can redefine outcomes in mere moments.


Utah State will play the winner of Thursday’s match between eighth-seeded Wyoming and ninth-seeded Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals. This upcoming game is crucial for Utah State as they look to carry their regular-season momentum into the post-season. 

Meanwhile, New Mexico will take on San Jose State in Tuesday’s first round of the Mountain West tournament. New Mexico aims to rebound from their narrow loss to Utah State and make a deep tournament run.

Story originally appeared on Mountain West Wire