LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Phillip McDonald scored a career-high 27 points Tuesday night to lead New Mexico to a 97-87 victory over New Mexico State.
McDonald hit eight of 15 from the field, and teammate Roman Martinez chipped in with 24 points. The Lobos (2-0) were 12-for-26 from 3-point range.
At halftime, UNM had made 64.5 percent from the field and led 52-36, a team record for first-half points under head coach Steve Alford.
The Aggies (0-2) trailed by as much as 18 in the second half before outscoring UNM 30-15 to open the second.
But with about eight minutes left Darington Hobson hit a pair of free throws that made it 75-73 and gave the Lobos the lead for good.