Post Game Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/10/2009

Jan. 10, 2009

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  • Tonight was Steve Alford's 50th game as the Lobos' head coach - he is 34-16 midway through his second season at UNM

  • This was the biggest win over Air Force since a 92-59 victory in The Pit on Jan. 3, 1990 - New Mexico has recorded 3 straight wins over Air Force for the first time since a 7-game run between 1996-2001 - UNM improved its series lead to 44-18, including a commanding 26-2 advantage in The Pit.

  • New Mexico trailed 3-2 one minute into the game and held a 9-6 lead at the 14:46 mark of the first half before going on a 15-0 run over the next 2:55 to go up 24-6 - the Lobos hit 9 of its first 13 shots, including 5-7 from 3-point range to surge out to a 24-6 lead 8:23 into the game.

  • Four days after its worst shooting performance in The Pit in 12 years (28.8% vs. UTEP), New Mexico shot 54.3% (25-46) from the floor - UNM had hit just 36% (59-163) of its shots in its previous 3 games, including 29.6% (16-44) from beyond the arc - it was the best FG and 3-point shooting performance this year against Air Force, which entered the game ranked first in the MWC in FG percentage defense (37.6%)

  • The Lobos' 78 points were the most scored against the Falcons this season - Stanford's 76 were the previous high - Air Force entered the night second in the MWC in scoring defense, allowing just 58.2 ppg - which UNM surpassed with 9:40 left to play

  • UNM has held 4 straight opponents to less than 40% shooting from the floor (38.5%, 77-200) for the first time since the first 4 games of the 2006-07 season - Air Force has hit just 30.2% (29-96) of its shots in its last 2 trips to The Pit.

  • The Lobos have now won 26 straight games when allowing less than 60 points and are 47-2 in such games since 2004-05

  • UNM committed just 8 turnovers, improving to 3-0 this season when giving the ball away 10 times or less - the Lobos are 9-2 when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent this season

  • New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 598 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

True Freshman Phillip McDonald

  • 15 points with 11 coming in the first half - reached double figures for the 7th time this season after scoring a combined 10 the past 3 games
  • Season-high 4 3-pointers - 3 in the first half

Sophomore Jonathan Wills

  • Season-highs of 8 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds - had season totals of 25 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds in his previous 16 games
  • Career-high 25 minutes played

Senior Daniel Faris

  • Fourth-straight game scoring in double figures (11) - one shy of matching his career-high - averaging 15.8/game during that span
  • 3 blocked shots, increasing his season totals to a career-best 29 (1.7/game) - 9th game with multiple blocked shots this season

Senior Tony Danridge

  • 10th-straight game scoring in double figures (15), extending his career-high - averaging 15/game during that span

Senior Chad Toppert

  • Scored in double figures (15) for the 10th time this season and hit 3 3-pointers for the second straight night
  • Moved back atop the UNM career 3-point percentage list at 45.08% (229-508)

Freshman Will Brown

  • Season-high 6 rebounds along with 2 blocks