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Utah State beats New Mexico in comeback overtime thriller

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Utah State forward Justin Bean celebrates during at timeout against New Mexico during an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal via AP)

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In a wild game, the Utah State Aggies edged the New Mexico Lobos 90-87 in overtime on the road at The Pit in Albuquerque on Saturday.

Trailing by 17 early in the second half, the Aggies not only came back, but held the lead on a few occasions before the Lobos forced overtime with three seconds left on a 3-pointer from KJ Jenkins.

With the contest tied at 84 with two minutes remaining in the extra session, Utah State scored the next four points and held off New Mexico from there.

The game was a contrast in how the teams got their points, as the Lobos scored 51 from behind the 3-point line compared to just 12 for the Aggies, but Utah State was +34 inside the arc and +8 at the free throw line.

Justin Bean played 43 minutes for the Aggies and was one of six players on the winning side to finish in double figures, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

New Mexico sophomore Jamal Mashburn Jr., the son of the former NBA star of the same name, posted 29 points to lead all scorers.

Utah State is slated to face the Colorado State Rams next, on Jan. 12. The Rams entered Saturday 11-0 and ranked No. 20 in the country but lost by a whopping 30 points to the San Diego State Aztecs.