Big First Half Pushes Rebels Past Lobos, 89-80
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/31/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 31, 2004

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Las Vegas, Nev. - The hole was just too deep for the Lobos in an 89-80 loss at UNLV. Trying to rally from a 20-point first-half deficit, UNM pared the led to five early in the second half, then six in the closing minute, but it was not enough despite a record-tying performance by senior guard Javin Tindall. UNM fell to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in MWC play. The Lobos lost their 21st consecutive road game. The Runnin' Rebels improve to 11-6 and 2-3.

Tindall made nine 3-pointers (in 11 attempts and he made his first 6) to tie the UNM and Mountain West Conference record, however, it is a record for 3s made in a conference game. The Lobos' Ruben Douglas made nine against Pacific on Nov. 23, 2001, while Colorado State's Aki Palmer drained nine at Michigan on Jan. 2, 2000. Douglas held the previous record in an MWC game, eight against UNLV on Jan. 27, 2003.

Tindall finished with 27 points to tie a career scoring high set on two other occasions, the last time earlier this year against Texas Tech. In three road games before tonight, Tindall had scored just 15 total points (5 ppg) on 4-26 FGs and 2-18 from 3-point. He had scored just 24 points in the past four games overall before his outburst. Tindall also added five assists before fouling out with 18.4 seconds left.

A first-half shooting clinic propelled the Rebels to a 50-34 lead at the break. UNLV shot 72% (18-25) from the floor in the first half, including 70% (7-10) from beyond the arc. The Rebels came into the game shooting just 31% from 3-point.

New Mexico took a 13-10 lead on Tindall's third straight 3-pointer, but the Runnin' Rebels scored from inside and out, posting runs of 16-5 and 14-2 to take a 40-22 advantage. The lead grew to 45-25 late in the first period.

The Lobos clawed back from that 20-point hole, cutting the deficit to five on two occasions early in the second half. Three straight 3s to open the second period sparked a 14-3 run as UNM trailed just 53-48.

After UNLV went back in front 80-66, UNM threatened again as Tindall nailed treys to pare the margin to six twice, the last time 86-80 with 23.5 seconds left.

The Lobos' chances were severely hampered early on due to Danny Granger's foul problems. Granger, averaging 25 points in the first four MWC games, was held to two points in 11 first-half minutes. He picked up his third foul - a charge - with 5:25 left before halftime. Granger finished with a season-low 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting.

UNM canned 14 of 30 shots from 3-point, but gave up their most points of the season. David Chiotti added 19 points, his best career output in an MWC game and his highest point total in 13 games, since 24 points against Sacramento State. Troy DeVries had 14, but was just 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.

The Lobos end their two-game road trip Monday at San Diego State. Tipoff is 8 p.m. Albuquerque time. The game will be shown live on KRQE-TV.