FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Hawkins and Fred Peete each scored 14 points as New Mexico State came alive in the second half to defeat Fresno State 69-64 on Saturday night.
After trailing by as many as 15 points, New Mexico State went ahead 65-64 on Herb Pope's spinning jumper in the lane with 1:03 left. Jahmar Young and Hatila Passos each hit two free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the victory.Pope added 11 points for New Mexico State, which improved to 17-13 overall and 10-4 in the Western Athletic Conference. Hawkins had 10 of his points in the second half.Kevin Bell had 23 points and seven assists for Fresno State (13-16, 5-9). Eddie Miller added 21 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half.New Mexico State used its size advantage to dominate the middle, outscoring the Bulldogs 32-14 in the paint. The Aggies also made 12 steals while forcing 19 turnovers, including six by Bell.Hawkins gave New Mexico State its first lead, 49-48 with 9:24 left, by finding Gibson cutting to the hoop on an inbounds pass. Miller answered with consecutive 3-pointers as Fresno State surged ahead 54-49 before the Aggies took control in the final minutes.Dwight O'Neil's 3-pointer with 1:35 left put the Bulldogs ahead 64-63 before Pope's jumper gave New Mexico State the lead for good.The Aggies scored 25 of their points off Fresno State turnovers.Bell's 15 first-half points and a 7-0 edge in fast break points propelled the Bulldogs to a 30-24 halftime lead. Fresno State led 22-7 at one point before New Mexico State began its comeback.