Dec. 8, 2003
New Mexico evened its record at 3-3, snapping a 3-game losing streak...the Lobos avoided their first 3-game slide in The Pit since the 1991-92 season...UNM improved to 2-0 vs. Sacramento State, while head coach Ritchie McKay earned his fifth win in six games against the Hornets.
New Mexico set season-highs for free throws made and attempted, hitting 30-39 (76.9%) from the line...UNM started 16-25 (64%) before hitting 14 straight to close the game...David Chiotti (12-16) and Javin Tindall (10-11) both had career-best production at the free throw stripe, combining to hit 22-27 (81.4%) on the night
David Chiotti scored a career-high 24 points and matched a career- best with 10 rebounds to notch his second double-double of the year...Chiotti converted all 4 of his 3-point play opportunities on the night, including 3 in the second half...the sophomore had 16 points (3-3 FGs, 10-12 FTs) and 5 rebounds in the second half.
Three of Alfred Neale's 5 field goals were dunks...Neale pulled down 9 rebounds as well, his second-highest output of the season.
Javin Tindall tied career-highs with 4 rebounds and 3 steals...he also notched 22 points, 4 assists and just one turnover...the senior rebounded from a rough outing at NMSU to log 49 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and just 1 turnover in 64 combined minutes in back-to-back games vs. Texas Tech and Sacramento State.
Hornet forward Joel Jones set a career-high with 5 3-pointers and also equaled a career-high with 25points (vs. Idaho State, 1/11/02) on the night.
Six Lobo bench players combined to score 10 points in 37 minutes, including 6 points in the first half...UNM had received one point from its bench in the past 3 games combined...reserve guards Collins Ferris and Ryan Ashcraft had 4 points apiece
New Mexico won for the first time (1-3) when losing the battle of the boards (39-38)...Sacramento State outrebounded New Mexico 22-17 in the second half, including 9-2 on the offensive glass.
UNM limited CSUS to just a 33.3% shooting on the night, the second-lowest FG percentage by an opponent this season...the Lobos are now 3-0 when outshooting their opponents this season.
CSUS outscored New Mexico 21-10 over the first 10:20 the second half to tie the Lobos for the first time at 47...Javin Tindall scored 6 straight points over the next 53 seconds to give UNM the lead for good.
Sacramento State started the game 1-15 from the floor, scoring 4 points in the first 10 minutes of play...Joel Jones' 3-pointer ended a 8:04 field goal drought as the Hornets scored 8 points on 3-3 shooting over the next 1:30...CSUS started 0-5 from 3-point range, then hit 4 of its next 5 from beyond the arc....the Hornets closed to within 5 (23-18) at the 6:34 mark before a 12-2 run over the next 4:14 gave UNM its biggest lead of the half at 15 (35-20).
New Mexico held a 36-28 scoring advantage in the paint, including a 22-12 margin in the first half.
UNM equaled a season-low with 16 personal fouls, while Sacramento State committed 31, the most by a Lobo opponent this year.