LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -Justin Hawkins scored 19 of his career-high 29 points in the first half and New Mexico State used its quickness and second chance shooting to beat No. 15 Nevada 80-73 Saturday night.
NMSU (15-4, 5-1 WAC) had 23 offensive rebounds and consistently turned them into points to give second-year head coach Reggie Theus his first win over a Top 25 team.
Hawkins added 11 rebounds - nine of them offensive.
Nevada (17-2, 5-1) got 21 points and seven rebounds from Nick Fazekas and 23 points from Ramon Sessions.
But Nevada, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, was no match for the Aggies on the boards and Hawkins' quick hands and quicker release.
Hawkins' back-to-back offensive rebounds and layups sparked a 9-0 run by the Aggies midway through the second half that put New Mexico State in front 62-52 with less than eight minutes left.
Elijah Ingram scored 14 points and Tyrone Nelson scored 12 for the Aggies, who have won 14 of their last 15.
Hawkins hit eight of his first nine shots and scored seven straight points in the first half to give the Aggies a 21-12 lead. Nevada countered with an 11-0 run sparked by Fazekas.
Wearing a brace on the left ankle he sprained two weeks ago, Fazekas had trouble early on getting shots against the Aggies' frontline of 6-foot-10 Hatila Passos and 6-9 Nelson, Fazekas moved out to the perimeter and hit back-to-back 3-pointers. They came early in the run that ended with a free throw by Sessions for a 28-26 Wolf Pack lead, their first, with 4:23 left in the first half.
The Aggies took the lead for good at 46-44 on a 3-pointer by Fred Peete with 13:49 left. The Wolf Pack got within 74-70 with 43 seconds left, but the Aggies held them off by hitting 18 straight free throws in the final seven minutes.