Scores

Final

Utah State 52

(10-5, 0-1 WAC)

New Mexico St 55

(8-6, 1-0 WAC)

    11:00 PM ET, January 2, 2010

    Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    1 2 T
    USU 24 2852
    NMSU 27 2855

    Top Performers

    Utah State: T. Wesley 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    New Mexico State: J. Gibson 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    New Mexico St. 55, Utah St. 52

    Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Jonathan Gibson hit a jumper with 16.2 seconds remaining to secure a 55-52 New Mexico State victory over Utah State to open Western Athletic Conference play for both teams on Saturday.

    NMSU (8-6, 1-0) led by 11 with 6:53 to play but didn't score again until Gibson's jumper. He finished with a game-high 19 points.

    Utah State (10-5, 0-1) closed to 53-52 with 46.9 seconds left on a Pooh Williams' 3-pointer from the left wing.

    Utah State erased a three-point halftime deficit, 27-24, to take a brief one-point lead with 15:28 to play, but Gibson scored eight straight points, putting NMSU ahead for good with 15:11 to play. Gibson knocked down one of his three 3-pointers during a 14-6 NMSU flurry that opened a 53-42 advantage with 6:53 left.

    Tai Wesley led Utah State with 14 points and nine rebounds and Tyler Newbold added 12 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USU
    NMSU
    Points 52 55
    FG Made-Attempted 23-48 (.479) 21-49 (.429)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 6-16 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 3-5 (.600) 7-10 (.700)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 11

    2009-10 Season

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