Lobos Tripped Up By Utah
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/23/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Nick Jacobson, the school's all-time leader in 3-point shooting, tied his career-high with 28 points, including six from beyond the arc, to lead Utah past New Mexico 73-43 Monday night.

In his final regular-season home game, Jacobson made 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions in the second half to run his Utah record to 262. The fifth-year senior tied his high mark of six 3-pointers in a game as the Utes (20-7, 8-4 Mountain West) reached 20 wins for the 12th time in the last 15 seasons.

Andrew Bogut scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds and Tim Frost added 14 points as Utah shot 53 percent from the field, the Utes' best mark in their last 11 games.

The Utes completed their home schedule with a 15-1 record and avoided their first back-to-back home losses since 1989 after losing to Air Force, 59-57, on Saturday.

Despite playing his second straight subpar game, Danny Granger led the Lobos (13-11, 4-7) with 12 points as they dropped their 25th straight road game. Granger, the conference's leading scorer, had a season-low nine points at BYU on Saturday and was just 4-of-11 as the Utes seemed determined not to let Granger repeat his 28 point performance when the Lobos beat Utah 70-54 on January 24.

Javin Tindall scored 10 points for New Mexico, which managed just 33 percent shooting and made just 7-of-17 from the line.

Jacobson capped a 12-2 run to end the first half with a layup and then left a lasting impression with his second-half marksmanship. The third of his three straight 3-pointers gave Utah a 65-32 lead with 7:38 to play. He and Frost, the team's only juniors or seniors, came out of the game to standing ovations with over five minutes left.

Utah interim coach Kerry Rupp improved to 5-2 after Rick Majerus left the team and ended his 15-year career to tend to his health problems.

On the other side, New Mexico coach Richie McKay watched the final minutes of the game sitting still and his legs crossed as walk-ons from both team played out the clock on another road loss.