Charles Smith scored 27 points and New Mexico made a season-high 11 shots from 3-point range in winning its fourth straight game, an 83-78 victory over San Diego State on Thursday.
Clayton Shields added 21 points for the Lobos (21-4, 11-4), who were 9-of-15 from 3-point range in the first half and 11-of-22 overall.Kareem Anderson scored 26 for the San Diego State (13-11, 7-8 Western Athletic Conference). Chad Nelson added 18 points and Paul Jarrett had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Aztecs.
New Mexico made 57.1 percent of its field goal attempts, going 24-of-42. San Diego State, meanwhile, was 27-of-56 (48.2 percent).
The Lobos led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Aztecs scored eight straight points to pull within 52-48.
Hawaii 83, Texas-El Paso 75
In Honolulu, Anthony Harris scored 22 points, six during a 12-2 run at the start of the second half, Thursday night to lead Hawaii to an 83-75 victory over undermanned Texas-El Paso.
The win put the Rainbows (9-14) in a tie for sixth place with Wyoming with 6-9 records in the Western Athletic Conference. The loss dropped UTEP to 3-12 in the WAC and 11-13 overall.
After a close first half in which the lead changed hands 14 ties, Hawaii went on the run to move ahead for good.