Feb. 2, 2006
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Elijah Ingram scored a career-high 28 points, including 15 in the second-half to lead New Mexico State to a 93-86 Western Athletic Conference win against Utah State Thursday night.
New Mexico State improves to 9-10 overall and 5-3 in WAC play with the win, while Utah State falls to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the conference with the loss.
Jaycee Carroll led Utah State with a career-high 32 points as he was 10-16 from three-point range. Those 10 made three's is a new school record, while the 16 attempts ties the all-time school record.
Utah State led by just two points at the half (47-45) despite shooting an amazing 72.0 percent from the field (18-25) and 76.9 percent from three-point range (10-13). New Mexico State, however, shot 62.1 percent in the first half (18-29) and made 6-10 three-pointers.
Utah State opened its biggest lead of the game at 64-53 with 13:42 remaining on a three-pointer by Carroll. New Mexico State then scored 16 of the next 18 points and take a 69-67 lead with 8:02 remaining. USU tied the score at 69 on two free throws from Cass Matheus, but NMSU then scored five straight points to take a 74-69 lead. USU would get the deficit to one at 81-80 with 2:19 remaining, but NMSU would sealed the game by hitting 10 straight free throws over the final 1:54 of the game to record the seven point win.
David Fisher added a career-high 25 points for New Mexico State, while Mike Mitchell scored 21.
Utah State finished the game by shooting a blistering 61.2 percent from the field, including 58.8 percent from three-point range as the Aggies made a school record 20 three-pointers. However, New Mexico State shot 62.3 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the free throw line, converting on 19 of 22 charity tosses.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Feb. 4 when it plays at Louisiana Tech at 2:05 p.m. (MT).
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