ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Anthony Mathis scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers in a 22-6 run to start the second half, as New Mexico overcame an early-double deficit Tuesday night to beat San Diego State 83-70.
Keith McGee scored a career-high 19 points for the Lobos (10-12, 4-6 Mountain West) and Mathis scored all of his points in the second half as New Mexico won just its third conference home game.
The Lobos trailed 33-22 late in the first half before closing with a 14-3 surge to cut it to 37-36. Then Mathis got hot, not only hitting all three of his 3-pointers, but also making three foul shots after being fouled behind the arc.
San Diego State never got within single digits thereafter.
New Mexico got a late lift from Drue Drinnon, who scored six points in the final five minutes after missing four games because of a concussion.
San Diego State dropped into a fourth-place tie with UNLV and Boise State, and will host second-place Utah State on Saturday.
New Mexico is tied for eighth with Air Force and faces No. 6 Nevada Saturday. The Lobos are the only team to beat Nevada this season, winning 85-58 in early January.
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