March 15, 2011
No. 4 seed New Mexico (22-12) took its first lead at the 6:37 mark of the first half when A.J. Hardeman banked in a turnaround jumper in the midst of a 10-0 run that put the Lobos up 27-21.
New Mexico, playing its first game without injured senior point guard Dairese Gary, opened the second half with a 6-0 surge to extend its lead to 40-30 with 16:35 left.
Later in the half, Phillip McDonald, who had been 1 for 7 from the field, hit three consecutive 3-pointers in a 9-2 run that extended UNM's lead to 54-41 with 6:41 left.
Randy Culpepper led the fifth-seeded Miners (25-10) with 23 points, but only one teammate was in double figures.
The Lobos will play top-seeded Alabama in the second round.