Updated at: 01/23/2013 9:37 PM
(AP) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Tony Snell scored 23 points and No. 15 New Mexico held off a late Colorado State rally Wednesday night for a 66-61 victory.
The Lobos (17-2, 4-0 Mountain West) led 54-32 with 12:26 left before the Rams (15-4, 2-2) began a comeback behind Dorian Green. He scored 11 points in a 20-5 run that cut the lead to
Colorado State’s Wes Eikmeier hit a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left that made it 64-61, but Snell converted two free throws to preserve the victory.
Eikmeier led Colorado State with 20 points and Green finished with 14 while Colton Iverson contributed had 15 points and 14 rebounds. He almost had the double-double in the first half with nine points and nine rebounds.
Snell scored six points in a 10-0 run that turned a 27-25 lead with 4 minutes left in the first half into a 37-25 advantage early in the second half.
New Mexico later used a 9-0 run over a 1:30 span of the second half to build its largest lead that prefaced the Rams’ rally.
The Rams came into the game as the country’s top rebounding team and they
controlled the glass with a 42-28 advantage, including 15-7 on the
offensive end. New Mexico was 21 of 26 from the free throw line while Colorado State went 13 of 23.
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