SAN DIEGO, Calif. — An introduced sellout crowd of 12,414 — minus a couple of hundred who confirmed up carrying Lobo gear — aimed their relentless boos, jeers and pure venom down on one individual on Steve Fisher Court.
Jaelen House, the UNM level guard carrying the black cowboy hat and consuming up each second, went off for 29 factors — 21 within the second half and 10 of 12 in a decisive second-half run that led the Lobos to stun No. 23 San Diego State, 76-67, on Saturday evening in Viejas Arena.
“It’s gotta be like that,” stated House. “I do not like them they usually do not like me. … I do not know what it’s. I identical to massive time moments.”
The Lobos improved to 16-2 on the season and 3-2 in Mountain West play, handing the Aztecs (13-4, 4-1 MWC) their first league loss of the season.
A 12 months after the Lobos misplaced in the identical constructing by 25 factors in a sport the Aztecs bodily manhandled UNM’s depleted roster, House was hardly the one one hoping to show a degree on Saturday towards the perennial league favourite Aztecs.
House’s 29-point, six-rebound, four-steal efficiency was accompanied by 22 factors from Jamal Mashburn Jr. and a 10-point, 15-rebound sport from switch energy ahead Morris Udeze.
The Lobos jumped out to as a lot as an 11-point lead within the opening half and led 38-28 on the break. But the power within the area, and from the veteran Aztecs, wasn’t about to let the guests simply run away with it.
SDSU closed the hole shortly within the second half. A pair of Micah Parrish free throws with 9:23 left within the sport put SDSU up 49-48 — their first lead because it was 2-0.
But whereas the world was buzzing for the SDSU run (21-10 within the half at that time), it was about one minute later when the drama actually started to unfold.
Former MWC Defensive Player of the 12 months Nathan Mensah was known as for his fourth foul within the lane on Morris Udeze with 8:20 left. He instantly reacted by stepping in frustration in direction of referee Gerry Pollard, incomes a technical and fouling out.
House hit two free throws for the technical, retaking the lead for UNM 50-49. Then the Lobos inbounded the ball, resulting in a House 3-pointer and a five-point UNM possession for a 53-49 lead.
A Mashburn bucket then 5 extra House factors later and UNM’s 12-0 run and a 60-49 lead had House in his component, egging on the boos and irritating the Aztecs.
“Frustration’s a giant half of every part we do in sports activities,” SDSU coach Brian Dutcher stated after the sport. “And we’re pissed off we did not get a win at this time.”
Pitino stated of his polarizing level guard, “I stated to our workers, it is like he is like a wrestler in WWE. He’s, like, relishing this. But that fuels him. He’s simply acquired to get to that line and cease.”
He did not fairly do this, although.
After one other House 3-pointer to place UNM up 63-50 with 5:13 left, he was then known as for a technical for an excessive amount of chatter — one thing the referees had been warning him about.
That, like he delivered to SDSU simply three minutes prior, led to a five-point possession for SDSU — two technical free throws from Adam Seiko after which a Seiko 3, slicing the UNM result in 63-55.
But the momentum was already again within the arms of the Lobos, and the margin was by no means nearer than 4 down the stretch.
UNM had a season-low 5 assists.
BOX SCORE: New Mexico 76, San Diego State 67
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