Dec 3, 2003
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Duane John scored 33 points, including 12 straight in the first half, in New Mexico State's 67-48 win over New Mexico Wednesday night.
John, a transfer from Missouri who sat out last season, had an impressive debut for the Aggies (4-0). He hit 12 of 20 shots, had 8 rebounds and four 3-pointers. Two of the 3s came in his first half scoring run that gave the Aggies a 22-13 lead.
John had to sit out the Aggies' first three games because of an NCAA violation that occurred while he was still at Missouri.
New Mexico (2-2) struggled against the Aggies' defensive pressure and never led in losing its 18th straight road game. That streak dates back to the final seven games of the 2001-02 season.
The Lobos hit just 5 of 26 3-point shots, committed 18 turnovers and had no one that could guard John.
Center David Chiotti scored 17 points, the only New Mexico player in double figures. Chiotti, who went into the game having hit 20 of 24 field goals this season, was 7-for-15 shooting and had 9 rebounds. His teammates combined to hit just 12 of 43 shots.
The Lobos never led in the game and were outscored by a point by the Aggies' outside-inside tandem of John and James Moore. Moore added 16 points, consistently hitting short turnaround jumpers over smaller defenders.
Both teams showed they've got a ways to go offensively. New Mexico State also had trouble hitting 3-pointers, converting on just 5 of 15 attempts. With just over seven minutes left, the two teams combined had missed 30 of 36 shots from behind the arc.
And New Mexico again showed its lack of depth. The Lobos got only one point off their bench, a first half free throw by Justin Benson. No New Mexico reserve scored in the Lobos' 77-71 loss to Portland on Monday.
Mark Walters had 10 rebounds and 9 points for New Mexico, all of his points coming in the second half.