Then it was just a matter of New Mexico chiseling away at the deficit.
It helped that after missing their first nine 3-pointers, the Lobos’ Keith McGee hit one with four minutes remaining in the first half and was followed by consecutive 3s from Makuach Maluach to cut it to 27-22.
The Lobos took their first lead since the opening seconds at 62-61 after Mathis hit a 3 with 5:33 left, his fourth of the second half. He finished 16, all coming in the second half, and Carlton Bragg had 18 points. Brock Miller added 16 for the Aggies.
Utah State: The win moves Utah State into a third-place tie with Fresno State, which lost to Colorado State on Saturday.
New Mexico: With a win, New Mexico would have moved into a fourth-place tie with the Aggies, but the loss drops the Lobos into the bottom third of the conference.