Guards Jarrius Jackson and Martin Zeno combined for 45 points and Texas Tech used clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to beat New Mexico State 69-63 Thursday night.
Jackson scored a game-high 24 points and Zeno added 21 as the Red Raiders (7-6) earned their first road win of the season. Tech made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 36 seconds to clinch the win.
Tyrone Nelson led New Mexico State (4-7) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Mike Mitchell finished with 14 points and Elijah Ingram added 13 points.
NMSU held its last lead, 54-53, with 5:18 to play when Tech's offensive patience began to pay off. When the Red Raiders weren't getting the ball inside for easy baskets, they were hitting free throws.
Tech took the lead for good, 55-54, with 4:15 left on an inside basket by Zeno. Jackson hit a pair of free throws at the 3:57 mark to stretch the lead.
Nelson scored on an inside bucket for NMSU to make it 57-56, but Jackson and Zeno each followed with a pair of free throws to put Tech up 61-56.
The Aggies remained close thanks to a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer by Ingram and a driving basket by Nelson, but Tech sealed the win at the free throw line in the final 1:40.
Tech held a 34-26 rebounding advantage and got 22 second-chance points, compared to only four for NMSU.
While the Red Raiders did most of their damage inside, the Aggies tried to strike from 3-point range but made only eight of 22 attempts. Tech was 4-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.