Jan. 6, 2010

SAN DIEGO (AP) -Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Diego State to a 74-64 upset of No. 15 New Mexico on Tuesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

It was the second loss in four games for the Lobos (14-2), the defending conference champions.

The Aztecs (12-3) won despite losing leading scorer Billy White with a sprained right ankle with just under 6 minutes left in the first half.

Thomas put on a show in the final minutes, scoring seven straight points for the Aztecs. He had a shot blocked but grabbed the ball and had a slam dunk for a 60-51 lead with 6:22 left. He made one of two free throws, a reverse baseline layup, then, after the Aztecs stole the ball, a fastbreak layup for a 65-55 lead, the biggest of the game.

SDSU has won four straight games and nine of 10. Although the Aztecs are only 14-76 against Top 25 teams, they are 4-3 in their last seven games against ranked opponents.

New Mexico's leading scorer, Darington Hobson, was only 4 of 17 from the field and finished with 12 points. He came in averaging 16.8.

Dairese Gary led the Lobos with 15 points, while Roman Martinez had 12 and Philip McDonald 10.

The game was tied 46-46 with 13:23 to go before the Aztecs began pulling away. Kelvin Davis made a bank shot, Tim Shelton made two of three free throws, Davis hit a 3-pointer and Thomas dunked to give the Aztecs a 55-47 lead with 10:13 left.

White was injured with 5:45 left in the first half and the Aztecs trailing 27-26. He didn't return, finishing with eight points. He later came out to the bench in street clothes and on crutches.

His replacement, Shelton, hit a 3-pointer just less than a minute later to give the Aztecs a 29-27 lead.

New Mexico went cold from the field after Chad Adams made a jumper with 6:50 to go, and got only six free throws until Martinez hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to pull the Lobos to 38-36.