The Lobos opened the game up with a 30-12 run over the first nine minutes of the contest to take a commanding 33-14 advantage at the 10:58 mark. It only got worse for the Aggies the remainder of the half as the Lobos built a 29-point, 50-21, bulge with 4:16 left in the first half. New Mexico State cut the deficit to 23 points at halftime at 58-35. Two statistical areas, aside from the hot shooting, that helped propel UNM to the lead came points in the paint where UNM held a 16-2 advantage and points off turnovers where the Lobos had a 17-2 edge.
The second half didn't get a whole lot better for the Aggies. New Mexico held at least a 20-point margin until the New Mexico State pulled to within 19 at 76-57 with 10:04 left. The Aggies closed to 16 at one point (83-67) with 5:12 left,.
The Lobos sent the lead back to 20 at 89-69 with 3:54 left and maintained the advantage the rest of the way before settling for a 99-80 triumph. The Lobos cooled off in the second half, but just a bit shooting 59.3 percent (16-27) from the field, but only 1-of-6 (16.7 percent) from the arc. For the game UNM shot 64.3 percent (36-56) from the field and 50 percent (9-18) from the arc. The Lobos also hit 72 percent (18-25) from the free throw line.
NMSU didn't shoot all that badly in the first half hitting 55.6 percent (15-27) from the field and hit 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) from the arc. NMSU also outrebounded UNM 32-24 including 11-4 on the offensive glass.
Sophomore guard Antwan Alexander led the Aggies with 15 points, 11 in the second half. Jenkins, who hails from Albuquerque, had 14 points and a career-best eight assists. Guard Byron Davis added 12 and Lawrence had 10. Jenkins hit four treys, while Davis and Haynes had three each.
The two teams will meet against Saturday in Las Cruces at the Pan American Center at 7:05 p.m.