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Taylor, Huggins combine for 45 points, Fresno St. beats NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Deshon Taylor scored 26 and Braxton Huggins added 19 in the second half Saturday to help Fresno State outlast New Mexico 81-73.

With a fifth win in six games, the Bulldogs (19-6, 10-3 Mountain West) retained its share of second place in the conference.

Fresno State had to overcome foul issues and the hot shooting of Vance Jackson, who finished with a career-high 30 for the Lobos (11-14, 5-8).

''We can shoot the ball,'' said Bulldogs' coach Justin Hutson. ''Their zone gave us some trouble in the first half, but our foul trouble gave us more problems. I thought we found something that would work. Deshon got into the lane and kicked it out. We really moved the ball and we took good shots and fortunately we knocked them down.''

Taylor added five assists on the night and Noah Blackwell had four helpers to go along with 11 points.

New Mexico took its biggest lead early in the second half, going up 43-35 following a 3-pointer from Anthony Mathis, who finished with 13.

After a quick timeout, Fresno State responded with a 12-0 run to go up 47-43.

''They called a timeout a minute and a half in and they drilled us from there,'' Lobos' coach Paul Weir said. ''They went on a run from there that we just couldn't stop. They recalibrated themselves and we ran out of a little bit of mojo or gas, I don't know.''

The Lobos, however, did regain the advantage at 57-55 before the Bulldogs got hot from the outside.

The game turned with eight minutes remaining when the Bulldogs hit 3-pointers on four straight possessions to fuel a 15-6 run and a 67-61 lead. They would not trail again.

Huggins did not score in the first half after picking up three fouls. But he was a key to the second-half effort, hitting three of the 3s in the pivotal stretch.

''Our staff found a spot for him, a little sweet spot in the zone and Deshon made some penetration and kicked to him and he knocked it down,'' Huston said of Huggins. ''He just wasn't in rhythm in the first half because he was in and out of the game. Braxton can make shots.''

Taylor had 16 in the first half in a great personal dual with Jackson, who had 20 before the break.

BIG PICTURE

After taking on the Bulldogs, who came into the game sharing second place with Utah State, New Mexico gets another chance to impact the conference standings by taking on the Aggies next.

Throw out Fresno State's upcoming game with No. 7 Nevada and the Bulldogs are in a great position as their other four opponents have a combined 14-33 record.

DEPITTING THE PIT

Huggins, a transfer after three seasons at Lobos' rival New Mexico State who also played one year under Weir for the Aggies, had been 0-3 in the Pit and was not a factor in any of those previous games. He came into this game averaging 26.3 points over the last four, but picked up two fouls in the first 2:28 of the game and another one later in the half, leading to a scoreless opening 20 minutes.

UP NEXT

New Mexico is at Utah State on Feb. 20.

Fresno State is home Feb. 20 against Air Force.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Deshon Taylor 0.0
  Keith McGee missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 2 Deshon Taylor made dunk 0.0
  Lost ball turnover on Makuach Maluach, stolen by Deshon Taylor 6.0
+ 1 Deshon Taylor made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
  Deshon Taylor missed 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Shooting foul on Anthony Mathis 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Sam Bittner 17.0
  Vance Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Vance Jackson 25.0
  Braxton Huggins missed free throw 25.0
Team Stats
Points 81 73
Field Goals 25-61 (41.0%) 19-50 (38.0%)
3-Pointers 14-37 (37.8%) 7-17 (41.2%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 28-37 (75.7%)
Total Rebounds 33 40
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 24 29
Team 2 3
Assists 11 10
Steals 9 1
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 6 13
Fouls 26 18
Technicals 1 0
26 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
30 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Fresno State 19-6 354681
home team logo New Mexico 11-14 383573
Team Stats
away team logo Fresno State 19-6 76.5 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo New Mexico 11-14 76.3 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
21
D. Taylor G 17.9 PPG 3.7 RPG 5.0 APG 44.6 FG%
2
V. Jackson G 13.1 PPG 7.0 RPG 2.7 APG 40.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Taylor G 26 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
V. Jackson G 30 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
41.0 FG% 38.0
37.8 3PT FG% 41.2
77.3 FT% 75.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Taylor 26 3 5 7/15 5/8 7/9 2 37 3 0 2 0 3
B. Huggins 19 5 1 5/12 3/10 6/8 4 23 0 2 1 0 5
N. Blackwell 11 3 4 4/8 3/5 0/0 2 26 0 0 0 0 3
S. Bittner 7 6 1 2/7 1/4 2/2 4 32 1 0 1 2 4
N. Grimes 7 3 0 3/5 0/0 1/1 4 20 0 1 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Taylor 26 3 5 7/15 5/8 7/9 2 37 3 0 2 0 3
B. Huggins 19 5 1 5/12 3/10 6/8 4 23 0 2 1 0 5
N. Blackwell 11 3 4 4/8 3/5 0/0 2 26 0 0 0 0 3
S. Bittner 7 6 1 2/7 1/4 2/2 4 32 1 0 1 2 4
N. Grimes 7 3 0 3/5 0/0 1/1 4 20 0 1 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Williams 8 4 0 3/12 2/10 0/0 3 32 2 0 0 0 4
A. Agau 3 1 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 4 10 0 0 1 0 1
L. Rojas 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
C. Gray 0 6 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 16 3 0 0 3 3
J. McWilliams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Seeley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fitzgerald-Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dhaliwal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Diouf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 31 11 25/61 14/37 17/22 26 200 9 3 6 7 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Jackson 30 8 1 8/15 4/6 10/11 1 32 0 0 1 1 7
C. Manigault 16 6 1 5/10 0/0 6/10 2 25 0 1 3 2 4
K. McGee 5 2 1 2/6 0/3 1/2 4 24 0 0 1 0 2
M. Maluach 2 5 2 0/5 0/2 2/2 2 22 0 0 5 1 4
D. Kuiper 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 21 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Jackson 30 8 1 8/15 4/6 10/11 1 32 0 0 1 1 7
C. Manigault 16 6 1 5/10 0/0 6/10 2 25 0 1 3 2 4
K. McGee 5 2 1 2/6 0/3 1/2 4 24 0 0 1 0 2
M. Maluach 2 5 2 0/5 0/2 2/2 2 22 0 0 5 1 4
D. Kuiper 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 21 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Mathis 13 1 0 3/5 3/5 4/4 4 32 0 0 0 0 1
C. Bragg 7 10 2 1/6 0/0 5/8 2 24 0 2 2 3 7
V. Pinchuk 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Drinnon 0 3 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 1 2
J. Lyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Arroyo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Percy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Patterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 37 10 19/50 7/17 28/37 18 200 1 3 13 8 29