Postgame Notes - New Mexico vs. Utah (Jan. 19, 2011)
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Release:  01/19/2011

Jan. 19, 2011

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New Mexico at Utah - Postgame Notes
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 - Albuquerque, N.M.

  • New Mexico falls at Utah, 82-72...the Lobos drop to 13-6 overall and are 1-3 in the Mountain West Conference for the first time since 2006-07

  • Utah led 45-31 at halftime, the most points UNM has allowed in the 1st half since Jan. 5, 2008, when Wyoming had a 48-32 lead in Laramie

  • The Lobos have dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 5 and 9, 2010 (at San Diego State and at home to UNLV)

  • UNM had been 10-0 this season when junior G Phillip McDonald scored in double figures...McDonald finished with 11 points tonight

  • UNM used its 6th different starting lineup of the season and third in as many games...the Lobos used the same starting five in all 35 games a year ago

  • Utah was 10 of 19 (52.6%) from 3-point, which is the best accuracy against UNM this season...San Diego State made 52.0% (13-25) last Saturday...the past 6 games, opponents are shooting 41.6% (57-137) from beyond the arc, an average of 9.5 3s a game

  • For the first 34 minutes, the only three-pointer hit by the Lobos was a half-court shot by Kendall Williams at the end of the 1st half, keeping alive UNM's streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer, which is now at 642.

  • The Lobos are shooting 40.8% (71-174) in their last 3 games

Head coach Steve Alford

  • Coached his 612th career game
  • 397-215 in his 20-year coaching career
  • 89-32 in his 4th season at New Mexico
  • 40-19 in his coaching career against MWC teams
  • 39-17 in all MWC games while at UNM
Senior G Dairese Gary
  • 5 assists to become the MWC's career leader with 483; San Diego State's Richie Williams had 479 from 2006-09
  • Made his 116th consecutive start, the longest current streak in the nation
  • 15 points, passing Marvin Johnson (1977-78) for 17th place all-time at UNM with 1,253 points
  • 3 steals to pass David Gibson (1995-98) for 9th place at UNM with 146
Freshman G Kendall Williams
  • Team-high 18 points, 3 assists and 3 steals
Junior F Drew Gordon
  • 10 points and 7 rebounds tonight
  • 71 points (14.2 ppg) and 54 rebounds (10.8 rpg) the past 5 games
Freshman C Alex Kirk
  • Did not start for the first time in his career; he started the first 18 games