Dec. 8, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - David Chiotti scored a career-high 24 points and New Mexico got its first win this season over a Division I opponent by beating Sacramento State 77-63 Monday night.
Chiotti fashioned a double-double by also grabbing 10 rebounds. He had four 3-point plays and along with Javin Tindall carried New Mexico's sputtering offense in the second half.
Tindall added 22 points, including a 10-for-11 effort at the foul line. New Mexico (3-3) hit 30 of 39 free throws and took 22 more foul shots than the Hornets (3-3).
Joel Jones hit 5 3-pointers and scored 25 points for Sacramento State.
The Hornets hit just 1 of their first 15 shots and trailed 15-4 with 9:56 left in the first half. But once Jones got hot, the Hornets made one run after another. Sacramento State had only one field goal in the first 10 minutes, then hit 9 of its next 17 shots in the first half.
New Mexico led 37-26 at halftime, but Sacramento State scored seven straight points to cut the New Mexico lead to 45-44 with 12:00 left. A 3-pointer moments later by Jones tied it at 47. That rally was helped along by New Mexico turnovers and missed free throws.
Tindall put New Mexico in front for good with a 3-point-play and a 3-pointer from the top to the key, but the Hornets had it back to within three (60-57) after another 3-pointer by Jones and a free throw by Joseth Dawson with 3:18 left in the game.
Chiotti got his final 3-point play of the game with a layup and free throw and Tindall added six free throws and a layup in the last two minutes.
New Mexico hit 14 straight free throws over the game's final five minutes.