Anderson scored a team-high 21 points, Tre Nichols added a career-high 18 and Daequon Montreal chipped in 15.
Boise State dropped to 12-8 overall and 5-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. New Mexico State improved to 11-11 overall and 5-3 in conference play. It took the Broncos more than 10 minutes to grab their first lead. After pulling even on four different occasions, and after being down by as many as six, Paul Noonan finally pushed the Broncos ahead with a 3-pointer with 9:27 remaining in the opening half (22-20).
Boise State was able to grab the lead – and carry it into intermission – without the services of starters Robert Arnold and Montreal, who combined to play 14 minutes in the first half saddled by foul trouble.
Nichols picked up the slack, scoring 11 first-half points and eclipsing double figures for just the second time during his Bronco career.
The Broncos extended their lead to eight in the second, but the Aggies crawled back to grab a 57-56 advantage with less than 10 minutes remaining, their first lead since there was more than five minutes left in the first stanza.
Boise State trailed until there was 5:58 remaining, when Nichols stole the ball and hit two free throws to put the Broncos up 65-64. The teams swapped leads, but the Broncos found themselves down 73-71 with 45.3 seconds remaining.
Anderson tied the game at 73 with a lay-up, and the Aggies’ Hernst Laroche missed a jumper that would have sealed the win in regulation.
The teams changed leads 10 times, and were tied 11 times.
The Broncos conclude their road trip Saturday at Louisiana Tech.