New Mexico Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/13/2008

Dec. 13, 2008

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• New Mexico has won a season-best three straight games and improved to 6-0 all-time at The Pit against teams from the Southeastern Conference

• The Lobos are now 36-1 in their last 37 non-conference home games and are 5-1 in The Pit this season

• UNM scored a season-high 103 points and is now averaging 86.2 points in its 6 home games this season

• New Mexico led the entire game...UNM opened the game with an 11-3 burst in the first 3:38 and used a 23-7 surge (6:16) to turn a turn a 24-18 lead into a 47-25 advantage...the Lobos' 49 first half points matched a season-high (vs. Grambling State)

• UNM shot a season-high 60.0% from the floor (36-60) - the best performance since hitting 61% of its shots vs. Hawai'I last year...the Lobos were 20-32 (62.5%) in the second half

• Six players scored in double figures for the third time this season

• The Lobos recorded a season-high 29 assists on 36 field goals and had a 1.93 assist-to-turnover ratio

• New Mexico racked up a season-high 16 offensive rebounds (10 in the first half)...UNM entered the game averaging 9.4 offensive rebounds/game.

• After being outrebounded in its previous 5 games (-5.5 avg.) UNM held an 43-26 advantage on the glass, including 24-11 in the first half...the Lobos' +17 rebounding advantage matched a season high

• New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 591 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

• The Lobos held the Ole Miss guard tandem of David Huertas and Chris Warren to a combined 33 points on 10-27 shooting...the duo entered the day averaging a combined 41.8 points/game.

• New Mexico's point guard duo of sophomore Dairese Gary and true freshman Nate Garth combined for 21 assists with just 4 turnovers

Junior Roman Martinez

• Notched his second career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds

• Recorded career high 8 offensive rebounds, including 7 in the first half with 3 offensive boards on a single possession

• Also had a career high 5 steals - 3 in the first half - and matched a season-high with 4 assists

Senior Chad Toppert

• Led the team with a season-high 21 points - 1 shy of his career-high...fourth straight game in double figures and is averaging 14.3 in that span...New Mexico is 5-1 when he scores 10 or more this year

• Hit his first 4 three-point attempts (3-3 in the first half) and finished with a season-high 5 threes on 6 attempts...needs 6 more to pass Ruben Douglas for 3rd all-time at UNM...has hit a three in 14 straight games

Senior Tony Danridge • Double figures in scoring for a third straight game, finishing with 17...averaging 15.3 points/game in his last 3 outings.

Sophomore Dairese Gary • Career-high 11 assists - 3 more than his previous best at New Mexico State last year - with just 1 turnover...entered the day averaging 4.0 assists/game

Senior Daniel Faris

• Matched his season-high with 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds (13 points, 5 rebounds in the first half)...no blocks for the first time this year

True Freshman Phillip McDonald

• 13 points and 7 rebounds...had 11 total points his last 3 games...most rebounds in 7 games...averaged just 2.7 rebounds in his previous 6 games

True Freshman Nate Garth

• Season-high 10 assists with just 3 turnovers