March 6, 2004
Fort Collins, Colo. -- Colorado State got 25 points from 7-foot center Matt Nelson as the Rams knocked off New Mexico 76-66 in the final game of the regular season for both teams. The Lobos fall to 14-13 overall and they finished 5-9 in Mountain West Conference play. UNM has lost five of six heading into next week's conference tournament in Denver. Colorado State improves to 12-15 and 4-10 in the league. The Rams stopped a seven-game losing streak.
New Mexico has lost 26 straight road games overall, 27 consecutive including neutral sites, and 19 MWC games in a row. The last win away from Albuquerque was Jan. 28, 2002, a 70-64 decision at Colorado State.
UNM's first-round matchup in Thursday's MWC Tournament will be announced later today although the Lobos will play either BYU, Utah or UNLV in the quarterfinals.
New Mexico took a 17-13 lead as freshman Lenny Miles tossed down three 3s to start the game. The Rams countered with an 8-0 run for a 21-17 advantage. Two free throws by Javin Tindall and a trey by Danny Granger provided UNM with its final lead of the afternoon at 22-21.
Granger led the Lobos with 19 points and 11 rebounds. David Chiotti added 15 while Miles put in 10 in his first starting nod since Dec. 8.
New Mexico shot 33.3% (17-51) for the game and made just one field goal in the final 11 minutes. The Lobos were 7 of 20 from 3-point, but missed 10 of their last 11 after starting 6 of 9.