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Delaney scores career-high 22, New Mexico handles rival New Mexico State 62-47

  • New Mexico State's Daniel Mullings (23) scrambles for a loose ball against New Mexico's Xavier Adams, right, during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico's Devon Williams (12) and New Mexico State's Remi Barry (3) close in. (AP Photo/Mark Holm)

    New Mexico State's Daniel Mullings (23) scrambles for a loose ball against New Mexico's Xavier Adams, right, during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico's Devon Williams (12) and New Mexico State's Remi Barry (3) close in. (AP Photo/Mark Holm)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Mexico head coach Craig Neal reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against New Mexico State, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Mark Holm)

    New Mexico head coach Craig Neal reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against New Mexico State, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Mark Holm)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Mexico State's Remi Barry, right, is blocked by New Mexico's Obij Aget, as he goes up to the basket during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Mark Holm)

    New Mexico State's Remi Barry, right, is blocked by New Mexico's Obij Aget, as he goes up to the basket during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Mark Holm)  (The Associated Press)

Deshawn Delaney had a career-high 22 points with seven rebounds, helping New Mexico recover from an early 13-point deficit to beat down-state rival New Mexico State 62-47 on Wednesday night.

Devon Williams added 13 points for New Mexico (4-3). Remi Barry led the Aggies (3-5) with 13 points, and Daniel Mullings added 10 and nine rebounds.

New Mexico State used an early 8-0 run to go up 14-4, then extended that to 23-10 when Mullings' 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run midway through the first half to build a 23-10 lead, it's largest of the game.

Although New Mexico struggled early with foul trouble to its interior players, it began to rally after going to a zone that consistently forced turnovers. The Aggies finished with 20 turnovers — equaling a season high — which led to 27 New Mexico points.

Consecutive layups from Williams sparked a 19-3 Lobos' run that put them in front 29-26. Hugh Greenwood and Delaney, who had 14 points in the first half, each scored five in the surge.

New Mexico finished off the half by scoring the final five points and opened the second half with a 6-2 run to build a 40-30 lead. New Mexico State never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

New Mexico junior college transfer Tim Jacobs, a preferred walk on who has been forced to play because of injuries to other guards, had four steals, four assists and a career-high nine points. He also was a big factor in helping the Lobos handle New Mexico State's press, turning it over once in 25 minutes. New Mexico finished with 13 turnovers.

TIP-INS

New Mexico: The Lobos came into the game with a 116-96 overall advantage in the series.

New Mexico State: Associate head coach Paul Weir served with Lobos head coach Craig Neal under Steve Alford at Iowa.

UP NEXT

New Mexico visits Valparaiso on Saturday.

New Mexico State plays host to rival UTEP on Saturday.

NOTEABLE

New Mexico State: Daniel Mullings, with three steals, became the Aggies' career leader with 218.