Las Cruces, N.M. • Jabari Rice had a career-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer in the final second that made the difference, as New Mexico State won its 15th consecutive game, narrowly defeating Utah Valley 84-82 on Saturday.

The Aggies trailed by a point late in the game when Rice got an assist from Evan Gilyard and drained the 3-pointer with a second to play for the winning margin.

Ivan Aurrecoechea had 18 points for New Mexico State (21-6, 12-0 Western Athletic Conference).

Isaiah White had 21 points for the Wolverines (9-17, 3-8), whose losing streak reached four games. Casdon Jardine added 14 points. Jamison Overton had 13 points.

Montana State 77, Weber State 63 • In Bozeman, Mont., Jubrile Belo had a season-high 23 points plus 11 rebounds as the Bobcats defeated the Wildcats.

Harald Frey had 16 points and 10 assists for Montana State (14-11, 8-6 Big Sky Conference).

Cody John had 18 points for the Wildcats (10-16, 6-9). Jerrick Harding added 16 points. Kham Davis had 10.

Montana State also defeated Weber State 62-61 on Jan. 23.

Women’s basketball

BYU 65, Pacific 54 • In Provo, Paisley Johnson scored 24 points to lead the Cougars (15-9, 10-4 WCC) over the visiting Tigers (14-12, 7-8).

Johnson made a career-high five 3-pointers to lead the Cougars to a season-high 12 makes from behind the arc.

Maria Albiero had 13 points and a career-high eight assists, while Sara Hamson was a force in the paint with eight points, eight blocks and seven rebounds.


Utes leading at Utah Invitational • In Midway, Maximilian Bie overcame a broken pole to win his first career race while Guro Jordheim picked up her fifth win of the year for the Utah ski team at Soldier Hollow in the classic races at the Utah Invitational on Saturday.

Utah holds a 70-point lead over Alaska Anchorage going into next weekend’s alpine races for the meet title.

The Utes were the top scoring team in the women’s race with 101 points and were second in the men’s race with 96 points and have 387 points for the meet.

Alaska Anchorage is second with 317 points while Denver is third with 104.5 points.

In the men’s race, Utah’s Luke Jager finished fifth, Samuel Hendry sixth and Ola Jordheim seventh.

All five Utah women finished in the top 10. Julia Richter joined Jordheim on the podium, Mariah Bredal finished sixth, Karianne Moe was eighth and Leah Lange placed ninth.


No. 17 Air Force 9, Utah 8 • The Utes led 5-1 after the first quarter, but the Falcons roared back to tie the game at 5-5 at the half. After both teams scored twice in the third quarter, Air Force scored early in the fourth and again with 4:38 left for a 9-7 lead. Josh Stout’s diving goal with 2:23 remaining brought Utah to within one, but the Utes final shots of the game were stopped. Jimmy Perkins led Utah with four goals and an assist.


Utah 15, UC Davis 8 • In Davis Calif., Shea Kramer hit a grand slam in a nine-run seventh inning and the Utes evened their record at 1-1. Kramer went 4 for 5 with six RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Utes, who had nine hits and drew 10 walks.


Utah 3, Colorado State 0 • In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Katie Faulk homered and drove in a pair of runs and Mary Beth Feldman and Halle Morris held the Rams to three hits as the Utes (7-2) responded to Friday’s first losses of the season with a win.