ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A.J. Hardeman scored five of his nine points to kick start a 13-2 run that propelled New Mexico to a 48-38 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.
Kendall Williams led New Mexico (20-4, 6-2 Mountain West) with 10 points while Drew Gordon had 13 rebounds and Hardeman grabbed eight.
Francisco Cruz scored 14 for the Cowboys (18-6, 4-4), who only had four players score.
The teams combined to hit just 30 field goals and shot a combined 31.6 percent from the field.
The game turned on the run that Hardeman started with the Lobos trailing 25-21. Jamal Fenton's deep 3-pointer at the 9:40 mark capped the surge, leaving New Mexico with a 34-27 lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Although the Cowboys twice got within two points late in the game, Williams and Hugh Greenwood each went 4 for 4 from the line in the closing 1:12 to help preserve the Lobos' lead.
Wyoming had an early 16-11 lead as Cruz hit three of his four 3-pointers, but New Mexico used an 8-0 run to take a 19-16 lead.
The Cowboys, however, responded with a 7-0 run to close the half, taking a 23-19 advantage into the halftime.
The Lobos held the rebounding edge at 43-31. New Mexico's depth proved to be crucial with a 14-0 scoring advantage from the bench.
Wyoming also suffered from a failure to reach the foul line, going 5 of 8 while the Lobos went 13 of 23.