San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kendall Williams tallied 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, as the New Mexico Lobos outlasted the San Jose State Trojans, 69-65, in a Mountain West Conference showdown at The Event Center.
Williams was just 4-of-11 from the field but went 8-of-11 from the free-throw line for New Mexico (12-3, 3-0 MWC), which has won a season-high five straight games. Cameron Bairstow scored 15 points, while Deshawn Delaney netted 12.
For SJSU (6-10, 0-4), losers of four straight, Jaleel Williams paced all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3- point range. Rashad Muhammad was also stellar with 16 points and Isaac Thornton hauled in 11 rebounds.
New Mexico shot just 36.1 percent from the field in the first half, but SJSU was even worse at 29 percent, as the Lobos took a 28-25 lead into the break.
In a back-and-forth second half, the Trojans tied the game at 63 with 1:30 remaining on a Muhammad 3-pointer, but the Lobos answered on the following possession with a Williams layup to go ahead for good. New Mexico sealed their fate in the final 30 seconds by shooting 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.
New Mexico outscored SJSU at the foul line, 15-6, and won the turnover battle, 13-7.