Tony Riley, fouled on a late three-point shot, sank all three free throws to lift Western New Mexico over visiting New Mexico Highlands 88-85 this past Thursday in Silver City.
It was the first loss in nine games for the Cowboys (17-8, 11-6).
Roman Andrade led NMHU with 27 points.
Earlier Thursday, WNMU’s women dropped the Cowgirls 69-62 despite a 13-point, four-rebound, five-steal night from Jessica Armijo. Ashley Logan had 12 points and five boards for Highlands (10-14, 5-12).
NMHU plays at Western State Friday in Gunnison, Colo.