New Mexico Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/03/2009

March 3, 2009

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Pit / Bob King Court, Albuquerque, N.M.
Final Score: New Mexico 77, Utah 71
Records: New Mexico 20-10, 11-4 MWC; Utah 20-9, 11-4 MWC.

  • New Mexico has won 4 straight and 7 of the past 8, moving into a tie with Utah atop the MWC standings...Lobos travel to Wyoming for 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday and Utes host TCU immediately after (4 p.m. tip-off)...UNM has never won or shared an MWC regular season title

  • A sellout crowd of 18,018 was on hand to see the last regular-season men's game in The Pit before renovations begin in April...average attendance for the 2008-09 season is 14,348, tops in the Mountain West Conference

  • UNM has won 20+ games in a season 22 times - all since 1964...it's head coach Steve Alford's 10th 20-win campaign in 17 full seasons as a head coach

  • New Mexico finishes undefeated (8-0) in MWC home games for first time since being 7-0 in 2005...the average winning margin in MWC home games this year was 17.6 points

  • UNM has won 7 straight over Utah in The Pit and 9 of the last 15 overall in the series...New Mexico has a 33-12 edge in The Pit

  • Tonight was the largest regulation margin of victory by either team in the series since a 64-53 New Mexico win in The Pit in 2006...the previous 6 games had been decided by a total of 20 points, with 4 requiring overtime...it's the most points the Lobos have scored against the Utes in regulation since 1998 - a 77-74 win in Albuquerque

  • New Mexico's 3 seniors - Tony Danridge, Daniel Faris, and Chad Toppert - combined for 57 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists with just 3 turnovers in their final home game

  • Steve Alford's 44 wins in his first two seasons as New Mexico head coach are the most in school history...a look at the most wins by Lobo head coaches in their first two seasons:

    Steve Alford442008-09
    Norm Ellenberger431973-74
    Dave Bliss421989-90

  • Alford is 31-4 in The Pit, 14-2 in MWC games since taking over the program last year

  • The Lobos have won 22 conference games the past two years, the most in consecutive seasons since 22 in 1997 and `98

  • New Mexico held a 32-25 rebounding advantage, including a 13-1 lead on the offensive end, resulting in a 16-0 advantage in 2nd chance points...it's just the 2nd time in the last 17 games Utah has been outrebounded...only nationally-ranked Oklahoma has held a bigger advantage on the glass against Utah this year (37-29)...UNM is 14-3 when outrebounding its opponent this year

  • UNM had 2 turnovers in the first 4 minutes, but just 5 over the final 36 minutes...the Lobos are 9-0 this season, including 7-0 in MWC games when committing 10 turnovers or less...New Mexico forced 18 Utah turnovers, including 12 in the 2nd half.

  • Utah had 10 FGs and 12 turnovers in the 2nd half

  • Utah C Luke Nevill in 2 games vs. New Mexico this year: 27 points (8-16 FGs), 11 rebounds, 9 fouls (fouled out tonight)...1st time he has fouled out of a game this year

  • New Mexico F/C Daniel Faris in 2 games vs. Utah this year: 34 points (16-28 FGs), 18 rebounds, 6 fouls

  • The Lobos are 15-1 this season - with 15 consecutive wins - when junior Roman Martinez plays more than 30 minutes in a game (34 tonight)...the only loss was at Creighton on Nov. 16

  • New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 611 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

  • Utah shot 56.4% (22-39) from the floor - the best against New Mexico this season...the Utes are only the 3rd team in the past 35 games to make 50% of its FG tries against the Lobos...San Diego State hit 50% (23-46) on Jan. 21 and Air Force converted 52% (22-42) on Feb. 11

    Senior Tony Danridge

  • game and career-high 29 points, including 18 in the 2nd half...career-highs of 13-16 from the FT line • over 20 points in 6 games this season...3rd game with 20+ in his last 7 outings...averaging 20.3 ppg in that span • has scored in double figures in 26 of his 30 games, including 8 straight...under 10 points just once in his last 23 games

  • also had a team-high 5 assists...it's the 3rd game of his career - all this season - with 5+ assists

    Senior Daniel Faris

  • Third career double-double - all this season - with 16 points and 10 rebounds • Previous two came on the road at New Mexico State (17 pts., 11 rebs.) and BYU (16 pts., 10 rebs.) • averaging 8.4 rebounds in his last 5 games...had 7 boards in the first half tonight

    Junior Roman Martinez

  • 13 points and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes • 18th game in double-figures this year and 3rd in his last 4 games...averaging 13.0 ppg in his last 4 outings • Lobos are 15-1 when he plays more than 30 minutes this season

    Senior Chad Toppert

  • 12 points (2-5 3FGs), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 turnovers • 261 career 3s; he is 4 from passing Ruben Douglas for 2nd place at UNM • UNM is 9-0 in MWC games when he scores in double figures

    Freshman Nate Garth

  • 3 assists, giving him 101 this year...6th Lobo freshman with 100+ assists in a season
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