New Mexico Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/01/2009

March 1, 2009

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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009
Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colo.
Final Score: New Mexico 81, Colorado State 79 (2 OT)
Records: New Mexico 19-10, 10-4 MWC; CSU 9-20, 4-11 MWC.

  • New Mexico won despite trailing by 5 points (62-57) with 13 seconds remaining in regulation

  • The Lobos are tied with BYU for 2nd place in the MWC at 10-4...Utah leads at 11-3 coming into The Pit on Tuesday night

  • The Lobos finish February 6-1 and are 7-2 since Jan. 24

  • New Mexico has won 5 straight against Colorado State overall and 5 in a row over the Rams in Fort Collins...the Lobos are 11-2 in their last 13 trips to Fort Collins

  • The Lobos shot 60% from the floor in overtime, including 2-4 from 3-point, and 5-6 from the line

  • UNM was 10-23 from 3-point, and has shot 42.4% from beyond the arc in 11 road games this season

  • New Mexico is 2-0 in overtime games this season and 6-1 all-time in OT against Colorado State

  • Steve Alford has posted 43 wins in his first two seasons as New Mexico head coach, tying for the most in school history...a look at the most wins by Lobo head coaches in their first two seasons:
Steve Alford432008-09
Norm Ellenberger431973-74
Dave Bliss421989-90

  • UNM's 10 conference wins have been by an average of 16.4 points while their 4 losses - all on the road at UNLV, San Diego State, Utah and BYU - have been by a combined 19 points, or 4.8 points

  • The Lobos are 7-4 in their last 11 MWC road games

  • UNM is 5-6 in true road games this year and 13-12 in head coach Steve Alford's two seasons at New Mexico...UNM was 8-43 in road games in the five seasons before Alford arrived

  • New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 610 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

  • Only twice in the past 34 games has an opponent made 50% of its FG tries against the Lobos...San Diego State hit an even 50% (23-46) on Jan. 21 and Air Force converted 52% (22-42) on Feb. 11

  • The Lobos are 14-1 this season - with 14 consecutive wins - when junior Roman Martinez plays more than 30 minutes in a game...the only loss was at Creighton on Nov. 16

Sophomore Dairese Gary

  • scored all 18 of his points in the second half/overtime before fouling out with 9 seconds left in the 2nd OT
  • added 8 assists in a career-high 39 minutes
  • 32 assists and 11 turnovers in the last 7 games
  • averaged 12.3 points in his last 4 games

Senior Chad Toppert
  • 19 points off the bench, giving him 1,024 points for his career, which ranks No. 23 all-time at UNM
  • 5 of 11 from 3-point, giving him 256 career 3s; he is 9 from passing Ruben Douglas for 2nd place all-time at UNM
  • averaged 18.3 points in his past 4 games against Colorado State, making 16-32 shots from 3-point

Junior Roman Martinez

  • 4th career double-double with 13 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds
  • played a career-high 42 minutes
  • Lobos are 14-1 when he plays more than 30 minutes this season

Senior Daniel Faris

  • 8 points and 8 rebounds and he tied a career-best with 3 assists
  • made the game-tying reverse layin with 0.7 seconds left in regulation
  • 3 blocks, tying Charles Smith for 6th place all-time at UNM with 95
  • made 16 consecutive FTs before a miss with 21 seconds left in regulation

Senior Tony Danridge

  • 12 points, passing Johnny Brown and Charlie Thomas for 18th place on UNM's career scoring list with 1,166 points
  • averaged 18.8 points a game in his last 6 games