ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Elijah Brown was perfect on all 15 of his foul shots and scored 24 points Wednesday to help New Mexico end a four-game losing streak with an 88-76 win over Nevada.
Tim Williams, despite sitting for more than 10 minutes of the second half with foul trouble, finished with 20 for New Mexico (8-6, 1-0 Mountain West) and Obij Aget equaled a career-high with 14 points and had 11 boards.
Marqueze Coleman had 26 to lead the Wolf Pack (8-5, 0-1) and D.J. Fenner added 16.
After starting off 4-of-5 from the field, the Wolf Pack went more than 11 minutes without a basket, going 0-for-14, and were outscored 25-4 in that stretch as New Mexico took a 29-13 lead. The Lobos increased the lead to 42-24 after a dunk from Brown off a behind-the-back flip pass from Cullen Neal with 2:10 left in the half.
Nevada could get no closer than seven points during the second half as Brown was able to consistently drive the paint and get to the line.
The game was a foul fest, with the teams combining for 66 free throws.
TIP INS: In an unexpected move, little-used freshman center Nikola Scekic of Serbia left the Lobos shortly before game time. According to his Twitter account, he’s seeking more playing time.
Nevada freshman Cameron Oliver, who entered the game leading the conference with 2.42 blocks, finished with four before fouling out with 7:54 left in the game. Fellow Wolf Pack starters Lindsey Drew and Elijah Foster also fouled out of the game.
UP NEXT: New Mexico plays at Fresno on Saturday. Nevada is home against Wyoming on Saturday.