ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tony Danridge scored a game-high 22 points to lead New Mexico to a 76-62 victory Tuesday night over in-state rival New Mexico State.
The Lobos (8-5) had four players in double figures, with Roman Martinez adding 15 points and Phillip McDonald contributing 12. Jahmar Young led NMSU (5-6) with 18 points.The Aggies held the lead only once when they scored the opening basket. UNM responded with an 11-2 run and went on to take a 31-25 at halftime.NMSU was able to cut the Lobos' lead to 46-44 with 12 minutes remaining in the game when Young hit all of his free throws after getting fouled while shooting a wayward 3-pointer.Chad Toppert answered with his second straight 3-pointer and a minute later, Martinez followed suit, pushing the lead back up to seven at 53-46. The Lobos ended up outscoring the Aggies 45-37 during the second half.After struggling from long distance in the first half, the Lobos were able to find the range in the second half, going 6-11 from the 3-point line.New Mexico also had a strong effort on the boards, out-rebounding NMSU 41-25. Martinez and Daniel Faris led the way on the glass, grabbing nine and eight respectively. Danridge snagged seven rebounds to go along with three assists, two blocks and two steals.