EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- John Tofi and Miguel Ayala led a balanced
scoring attack with 16 points apiece as UTEP beat rival New Mexico
State 80-67 Saturday night.
Tofi also had a game-high 12 rebounds, and the Miners (5-2) had
five players in double figures. Will Kimble and Maurice Thomas each
had 13 points, and Kevin Henderson scored 11.Shaun Davis led all scorers with 21 points for New Mexico State
(3-6). David Fisher had 14 points and 10 rebounds.UTEP's Jason Williams returned from a one-game suspension with
four points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Williams broke the
jaw of teammate Stefon Jackson when he punched him during practice
two weeks ago.The Miners jumped out to a 15-2 lead capped by a 3-pointer from
Ayala, who was 4-of-7 from 3-point range.The Aggies pulled within 36-32 at halftime, but UTEP took
control again with an 11-2 run to start the second half. The Miners
shot 70 percent from the field after halftime and a season-high 57
percent for the game.Tofi scored UTEP's first six points after the break and was
4-of-4 from the field in the second half.