San Jose State's Xavier Jones scored a game-high 17 points, but the Spartans could not recover from a 15-0 New Mexico State run to close out the first half as the Aggies won 67-57 Thursday night at the Event Center.

SJSU (9-15, 3-10 Western Athletic Conference) has lost nine in a row since leading scorer James Kinney was suspended for academic reasons.

San Jose State was ahead by as many as six, 21-15, its largest lead during the losing streak, and led 25-23 with 5:04 to go in the half before New Mexico State took advantage of four Spartans turnovers in the last five minutes that ignited the decisive run.

"Our guys came out with really good energy and ready to play, but I think we've been ready to play. I think it's been a question of avoiding that one three-minute bad burst that we've had in the last eight or nine games," SJSU coach George Nessman said. "We have a stretch where we can't dribble, pass, shoot or defend. We give up a run that is frankly discouraging to a team.

Bandja Sy had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2).

Santa Clara 61, San Diego 52: Marc Trasolini had 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Broncos (18-8, 6-5 West Coast Conference) used a 20-12 run over the final eight minutes to beat the visiting Toreros (13-14, 6-6). Santa Clara shot only 35.1 percent from the field and was a dismal 4 of 19 from beyond the arc. San Diego wasn't much better, shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and going 6 for 21 from 3-point range.


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Portland 78, USF 76: Kevin Bailey had 18 points as the Pilots (10-17, 3-9 WCC) held on for a road win over the Dons (11-14, 4-8). Chris Adams and Cole Dickerson had 17 points each for USF. The game featured four ties and eight lead changes.

Colorado 71, Arizona 58: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 points and Xavier Johnson added 19 as the Buffaloes (17-7, 7-5 Pac-12) avenged a bitter overtime loss at Arizona with a rout of the No. 9 Wildcats (20-4, 8-4).

Louisville 72, St. John's 58: Russ Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put the No. 12 Cardinals (20-5, 8-4 Big East) ahead for good against the visiting Red Storm (15-10, 7-6). Smith finished with 24 points. Assistant Rico Hines ran St. John's for a second game while coach Steve Lavin remained in the Bay Area after the death of his father, Cap.

Ohio State 69, Northwestern 59: Deshaun Thomas had 22 points and the No. 13 Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten) used a late 12-0 run to beat the Wildcats (13-12, 4-8) for the 32nd straight time in Columbus.

Minnesota 58, Wisconsin 53: Andre Hollins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer midway through overtime to finish with 21 points and lead the host Gophers (18-7, 6-6 Big Ten) over the No. 20 Badgers (17-8, 8-4). It was third straight game Wisconsin went to OT. The Gophers held the Badgers without a basket for 11 minutes until Jared Berggren's putback with 10 seconds left in OT.

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Gonzaga 69, Saint Mary's 54: The visiting Gaels (16-7, 8-3 WCC) shot the ball well (46.7 percent) and out-rebounded the Bulldogs (21-5, 11-1), but Gonzaga forced SMC into 26 turnovers, which was too much to overcome. Carli Rosenthal and Danielle Mauldin had 10 points each for the Gaels.

BYU 65, Santa Clara 42: The visiting Broncos (13-12, 5-7 WCC) shot just 24.6 percent from the field in a loss to the Cougars (17-7, 8-3). Nici Gilday led the Broncos with 10 points.

USF 75, Portland 71: Mel Khlok had 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the Dons (10-15, 3-10 WCC) beat the host Pilots (10-15, 5-7). Taylor Proctor added 19 points for USF.

New Mexico State 90, San Jose State 70: Danesia Williamson had 19 points, and the Aggies (10-14, 4-10 WAC) beat the visiting Spartans (9-15, 6-7) for their first win in more than a month. Emily Schill had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Riana Byrd had 16 points and 16 rebounds for San Jose State. Byrd also had two blocks, giving her a freshman school record 55 for the season.

Wire services contributed to this report.