Feb. 23, 2004
The Lobos fall to 13-11, 4-7 in Mountain West Conference play, after losing to the Utes 73-43. The 30-point loss is the Lobos' worse defeat of the season. It is the largest margin of defeat for New Mexico since losing by 34 at Minnesota in the first round of the NIT on March 13, 2002. Utah improved to 20-7, 8-4 in MWC play.
The Lobos went the final 5:40 of the first half without a field goal. Javin Tindall's three-pointer with 5:40 left in the half cut Utah's lead to 24-20. UNM's only other points were two free-throws by Jeff Hart as the Utes took a 36-22 lead into the locker room. The Lobos went 0-4 with three turnovers in that stretch. The Lobos 22 points in the first half is their lowest first-half output of the season.
The Lobos shot 16-49 (32.7%) from the field, their worse FG% since going 16-58 (27.6%) against BYU on March 9, 2000.
The Lobos made 7-17 (41.2%) FT's in the game. It was their lowest FT% since hitting 4-10 (40.0%) against Pepperdine on December 29, 2002.
The Lobos only had five assists in the game, the fewest since recording five against Northwestern State on November 25, 2002.
Lobo junior Danny Granger scored just 12 points on 4-11 shooting, tying his second-lowest output of the season. He has scored just 21 points in his last two games after previously averaging over 20 ppg.