Jaelen House scores 18 and No. 25 New Mexico beats San Jose State 95-75
Thu, Jan 25, 2024
NCAAB News (AP)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jaelen House scored 18 points, Jamal Mashburn Jr. and Donovan Dent both added 17 and No. 25 New Mexico beat San Jose State 95-75 on Wednesday for the Lobos' fourth straight win.
House drilled back-to-back 3-pointers from the left wing to push the Lobos' lead to 17 with under five minutes to play in the second half after San Jose State had cut the lead to single-digits.
The Lobos (17-3, 5-2 Mountain West) opened up a double-digit lead late in the first half on a 3-pointer by Mashburn. They led the Spartans (8-11, 1-5 Mountain West) by as many as 17 in the first half after House hit a contested 3-pointer off a crossover.
Myron Amey Jr. led San Jose State with 24 points.
The Spartans cut the deficit to nine with 6:11 left in the second half on a dunk by Trey Anderson. But the Lobos responded with an 8-0 push to put the game away.
J.T. Toppin added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
New Mexico capitalized off San Jose State's 18 turnovers, outscoring the Spartans in points off turnovers 25-4.
New Mexico has won four straight Mountain West games by double-figures for the first time since a seven-game stretch in 2011-12. The Lobos have won three straight and improved to 21-5 all-time against the Spartans.
New Mexico, which entered the AP Top 25 this week for the first time this season, should stay in the rankings. The Lobos have back-to-back Mountain West road wins for the first time since a three-game streak spanning the end of the 2017-18 and beginning of the 2018-19 seasons.
San Jose State has lost five of six games, but their four losses prior to Wednesday were all by single digits.
Lobos: Host Nevada on Sunday night.
Spartans: Host UNLV on Saturday night.
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