- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Marvelle Harris had 32 points and 10 assists to lead Fresno State over New Mexico 92-82 on Saturday night.

Harris scored six straight points for Fresno State (20-9, 11-5 Mountain West), while Terrell Carter III added two, during an 8-0 run, which gave Fresno State a 69-62 lead with 8:20 left in the game.

“More than anything, he trusted his teammates,” Fresno State coach Rodney Terry said of Harris taking control in the second half. “He was able to open space for shots off the high-ball screens and was able to pick and choose when to get his as well.”

The seven-point deficit proved to be too much for New Mexico, as they trailed for the remainder of the contest, due in large part to Fresno State’s Julien Lewis catching fire from beyond the arc.

Lewis converted on all four of his 3-point attempts in the second half and finished with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

New Mexico (16-13, 9-7) got little from anyone not named Elijah Brown down the stretch as the Lobos’ sophomore scored 27 of UNM’s 39 second-half points, en route to a career-high 41 points.

“Elijah Brown played really well, he is an elite scorer in the country,” Terry said.

After scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half, New Mexico’s Tim Williams produced just six points on two field-goal attempts in the second half.

The two teams traded runs in the first half. Fresno State began the game with a 7-0 run, before a 15-0 response from New Mexico, capped by a Williams dunk. New Mexico stretched its lead to 13 with nine minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs closed the final 4:22 of the half with a 17-8 run, drawing within 43-41.

“They came in here and played really intense, played really physical,” New Mexico coach Craig Neal said.

TIP-INS:

Fresno State now has a four-game winning streak, good for the longest active streak in the Mountain West Conference.

New Mexico is now 3-13 in the past two February’s under coach Craig Neal.

UP NEXT:

Fresno State hosts Colorado State on Wednesday.

New Mexico hosts San Diego State on Tuesday.


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