Brown helps New Mexico hold off Boise State’s late rally

Boise State's David Walker (55) dribbles around New Mexico's Dane Kuiper (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Elijah Brown scored 27 points, including 17 of New Mexico’s final 19 points, to send the Lobos to a 78-73 victory over Boise State on Tuesday night.

New Mexico (16-10, 9-5 Mountain West) gained control late in the first half on the strength of an 11-0 run during which the Broncos went scoreless for nearly seven minutes.

With 19.6 seconds left in the game, Boise State pulled within 76-73 on James Reid’s 3-pointer, but Brown finished it off with two from the foul line, where he hit 13 of 14.

Chandler Hutchison finished with a career-high 31 points for the Broncos (16-8, 9-4), who never led in the game.

New Mexico’s all-conference power forward Tim Williams missed his fourth straight game with a foot injury.