Scores

Final

New Mexico St 67

(3-6, 1-4 away)

UTEP 80

(5-2, 4-1 home)

    9:05 PM ET, December 17, 2005

    Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

    1 2 T
    NMSU 32 3567
    UTEP 36 4480

    Top Performers

    New Mexico State: S. Davis 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    UTEP: J. Tofi 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    UTEP 80, New Mexico State 67

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NMSU
    UTEP
    Points 67 80
    FG Made-Attempted 28-73 (.384) 26-46 (.565)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-27 (.370) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 1-6 (.167) 22-35 (.629)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 15

    2005-06 Season

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