But Monday night, Colorado State connected on just 19 of 50 attempts, far below New Mexico's 55.6 mark from the field.
Colorado State opened the game on Andy Birley's three-pointer, but New Mexico then ran off the game's next nine points. The teams traded four leads and the game was tied six times, the last time at 23 when the Rams' Brian Greene hit a jumper with 3:27 to play in the half. But the Lobos would outscore the Rams, 8-3 the rest of the half, to take a 31-26 lead at intermission.
UNM widened the lead to as many as 10 points in the second half before the Rams charged back to trail by three on three different occasions, the last time with 3:04 to play when Greene hit a pair of free throws. The Rams would come now closer.
Guard Andy Birley led the Rams with 20 points, including six of 11 three-point goals, tying for the fifth most treys in a game in school history. He was one of three Rams in double figures. Greene finished with 17 points, and narrowly missed his third consecutive double-double game in scoring and rebounding with a game-best nine rebounds. Center Matt Nelson, playing in only his second game after missing six contests with a dislocated right big toe, scored 10 points in only 17 minutes.
New Mexico had the game's top scorer, Ruben Douglas, who finished with 23 points. Eric Chatfield was the only other Lobo in double figures, with 14 points.
Colorado State is 9-10 overall, 1-4 in the league entering a two-game road trip at Utah (Feb. 2) and BYU (Feb. 4). New Mexico is 13-6, 3-2.