LAS CRUCES — C.J. Bobbitt posted 14 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, and New Mexico State knocked UTEP out of the ranks of the unbeaten 59-56 on Tuesday night.
The Miners, who called a timeout with 8.8 seconds to play, got up two 3-point attempts before time ran out.
The Aggies (5-4) did not make a basket in the last 6:03 and UTEP (5-1) didn’t score from the field in the last 5:12 as the teams combined to miss their last 15 shots to go with seven turnovers.
It was the 218th meeting between the schools, now dubbed The Battle of I-10, with UTEP 65-50 in El Paso on Nov. 12 to end NMSU’s nine-game winning streak in the series.
Johnny McCants had 13 points for the Aggies Jabari Rice added 10 points.
Bryson Williams had 27 points for the and Souley Boum added 11 points.
The Aggies evened the season series against the Miners with the win. UTEP defeated New Mexico State 65-50 on Nov. 12.