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San Jose State defeats New Mexico for the first time

The Spartans pulled off the upset with a 78-68 win over the Lobos Saturday.

NCAA Basketball: UNLV at San Jose State Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose State Spartans made a stop in WisePies Arena to face the New Mexico Lobos and left with a 78-68 win Saturday.

The Lobos jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a 10-0 run in less than five minutes into the first half. San Jose State forward Brandon Mitchell swooped in and blocked a Lobos forward to end New Mexico’s early run.

The Spartans pulled within three when freshman guard Terrell Brown made his second straight start, throwing a successful layup at the 11:49 mark.

Spartans sophomore forward Ryan Welage dialed from deep twice to make it a one-point game at 7:51. Once again, Welage dialed from deep to give SJSU their first lead of the game, 28-25, late in the half.

As both teams headed to the locker room with 35 points apiece, Welage led all scorers with 13 points at the half.

The Spartans maintained a slim lead in the second half. Then, sophomore forward Brandon Clarke emerged from the shadows, getting on the board with his first basket of the half. Clarke kept his team ahead of the Lobos, 49-45, at the 11:31 mark.

Brown and Clarke provided a good one-two punch for the Spartans, who led the Lobos 57-49 at 7:43. They had an impact in this tight ballgame.

The Spartans beat the Lobos 78-68 on the road.

The Spartans return to the Event Center to host the San Diego State Aztecs Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. PST on CBS Sports Network.