Lobos Lose in OT To Santa Clara; Play Washington State Tonight
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Release:  11/24/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 24, 2011

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New Mexico Lobos Men's Basketball - 76 Classic - Anaheim, Calif.

Thursday: Santa Clara 79, Lobos 76
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (GoLobos.com) -- Lobo coach Steve Alford told his Lobos exactly what they had to do to advance in the 76 Classic being held in Anaheim, Calif. And that was to stop the Santa Clara Broncos on the perimeter and shutdown their top gun, Kevin Foster.

Foster led all scorers with 26 points and the Broncos drained 11 treys over the UNM defense as the Lobos lost 76-76 in overtime and drop into the consolation bracket to play Washington State at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday).

The Lobos did a good job battling out of a nine-point halftime deficit and battling back again in regulation to push the Broncos into an extra period. UNM's Tony Snell, who hit a 3-pointer to send the game into an extra period, hit a huge trey in overtime to hand the Lobos their first lead (70-69) since a 2-0 jump to start the contest. UNM again led 74-72 on two free throws by sophomore Kendall Williams.

The Lobos were damaged down the OT stretch by losing Snell and A.J. Hardeman to fouls. Santa Clara used a couple of UNM offensive charges and the free throw-line to form 78-74 lead with 24.7 seconds to play. Lobo Jamal Fenton hit two free throws to make it 78-76 and UNM fouled Foster on the in-bounds play. Foster made one and Santa Clara had a 79-76 lead with 18.4 seconds to play.

The Lobos worked hard to get an open look from long range and force another overtime period. UNM's Phillip McDonald had to force a trey over pressure and Santa Clara had the 79-76 win.

Santa Clara's Foster scored 26 points and Evan Roquemore added 24. The two Bronco gunners combined for nine of the Broncos' 11 3-pointers. Harrison added 19 points for Santa Clara (3-1).

Tony Snell scored 18 points for New Mexico (2-2). Hugh Greenwood added 14.

The Lobos shot only 36 percent for the game, but shot well, 47 percent, in the second half to help fuel their comeback. The Lobos were aided by good work at the line where they were 31-of-33 for 93.9 percent.

Santa Clara shot 43.8 percent on the night and 54 percent in the first half. UNM got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Drew Gordon and UNM won the board battle, 34-29. The Lobo bench outscored the Broncos' bench, 27-3. Santa Clara was 11-of-24 from behind the line.V

Overtime:Lobos 67, Santa Clara 67 (in regulation)

The teams went back and forth in OT. Santa Clara went up 69-67, but Snell hit another trey: 70-69. It was UNM's first lead since being up 2-0. It was a short-lived lead. Roquemore came back with a trey: 72-70. Snell tied it at the line: 72-all.

Williams used the line to put UNM up 74-72. Roquemore again for Santa Clara: 74-all. UNM then lost Snell and Hardeman to fouls. Santa Clara was up 76-74 when Greenwood missed a long trey and UNM fouled with 27.7 seconds to go. The Broncos converted both freebies and went up 78-74, still with 27.7 to play.

Fenton drove and got banged underneath and hit his two free throws to make it 78-76. UNM fouled Foster with 18.4 to play and the Bronco made the second: 79-76. UNM tried to get a clean 3-pointer at the end, but McDonald had to force one over pressure and Santa Clara had the 79-76 win.


Number-NameHTPositionSeason Statistics
10 - Kendall Williams6-3Wing9.5 Pts. -- 5.8 Asts
21 - Tony Snell6-7Wing14.3 Pts. -- 3.8 Rebs.
32 - Drew Gordon6-9Post10.0 Pts. -- 10.0 Rebs.
23 - Phillip McDonald6-5Guard6.8 Pts. -- 2.0 Rebs.
00 - A.J. Hardeman6-8Post4.8 Pts. -- 4.0 Rebs.
13 - Jamal Fenton5-9Guard5.0 Pts. -- 1.3 Asts.
3 -- Hugh Greenwood6-3Guard6.3 Pts. -- 3.5 Asts
40 - Demetrius Walker6-2Guard8.8 Pts. -- 2.3 Asts
5 -- Dominique Dunning6-4Guard1.0 Pts. -- 1.0 Rebs.
41 - Cameron Bairstow6-9Post7.0 Pts. -- 4.0 Rebs.
4 - Chad Adams6-6Wing2.5 Pts. -- 1.5 Rebs.
2 -- Chris Perez6-0Guard0.0 Pts. -- 0.0 Rebs.

Second Half

The Lobos came out of the break down by nine and knowing exactly what they had to do: stop the Broncos' perimeter shooting, stop Kevin Foster.

UNM came out and extended its defense while increasing the effort, too. A Snell bucket cut Santa Clara's nine-point half time lead to 35-31 and Santa Clara burned a timeout hoping to cool off the UNM fire at both ends of the court. Williams used the free-throw line to make it 35-33 at the 15:46 timeout. Gordon used the line to even the game at 35-all and Snell did the same to form a 38-all tie.

The Broncos finally hit a three to go up 41-38. Fenton sliced through the middle for an uncontested layup and another tie, this one 41-all. Evan Roquemore drilled in a long trey from three feet beyond the NBA line and Santa Clara was back up, 44-41. A Foster trey made it 47-41.

Foster followed two free throws by UNM's Phillip McDonaldwith a missed trey that Bronco Niyi Hamilton turned into a 3-pointer inside: 50-43 Santa Clara. Fenton converted on a one-and-one: 50-45. Roquemore did the same thing at the other end: 52-45. Then Gordon repeated the line work: 52-47.

UNM got a trey from Demetrius Walker to cut the lead to 54-50 at the 7:26 mark. Snell fouled Roquemore under the Bronco bucket to put Santa Clara into the double bonus at the line with 7:01 to play. The Bronco gunner put Santa Clara up 56-50.

Santa Clara started to drive to the hoop more, looking to use that advantage at the line. Foster hit one and UNM was down 57-52 with 5:37 to play. Snell trey: 57-55. Harrison inside: 59-55. Foster was fouled on a steal and layup on a nice-looking block by Snell: 61-55. Alford called a timeout at the 4:41 mark.

Greenwood scored a fade-away jumper and added two points at the line to cut Santa Clara's lead to 63-59. A Foster air ball lead to a UNM fast break and Walker went to the line for UNM: 63-61 with 3:45 to play. Foster tossed up another air ball but Snell missed and Walker fouled out while sending Roquemore to the line with 2:41 to play. The Bronco converted: 65-61.

The Lobos missed underneath and Santa Clara gave John McArthur his first chance to score inside. He flipped in a left-handed jump hook that rolled around the rim and dropped in: 67-61. UNM called time at 1:48. Greenwood hit a long trey: 67-64. Santa Clara missed, got the rebound, and lost possession on a moving screen by McArthur. UNM got the ball with 31 ticks to play.

The Lobos got the tie on a set play. Greenwood drove the baseline and flipped the ball to Snell on the far baseline in front of the UNM bench - nothing but net, 67-all. The Broncos looked a little shook on the other end and with their offense stumbling, Santa Clara called a timeout with 2.4 seconds to play. The teams broke the huddle and then UNM called a timeout.

Foster got off an off-balanced shot trying to force a foul from Williams, but Williams avoided the contact and Foster missed short. Overtime.

First Half: Santa Clara 35, Lobos 26

Coach Alford stressed perimeter defense going against Foster and the Broncos, but his words didn't exactly carry onto the court in the first half. Foster bombed in 15 first-half points off four treys, including a 4-point play produced off a Williams' foul on a Foster bomb.

The Lobos went up 2-0 on two free throws by Gordon and then the Broncos went on a 3-point fueled run to take an 11-2 lead with under 16 minutes to play. The Lobos finally joined Santa Clara in the 3-point contest with Greenwood and McDonald both hitting from long range. However, the Broncos were 6-of-7 from behind the line and took a 25-14 lead into the 10:59 break. The Santa Clara lead was accented by that 4-point play by Foster.

The Lobos got a big 3-pointer from Jamal Fenton and Chad Adams scored underneath to help make the count 29-19 in Santa Clara's favor with just over seven minutes to play.. At the 3:49 break, a Snell layup off a UNM steal cut the Broncos lead to 29-21. Santa Clara was shooting 53 percent from the floor at that mark. At a 3:38 break, a Foster bucket had the Broncos up 31-22.

The Lobos' McDonald allowed Foster to get free near the baseline and he punished the Lobos with another trey to form a 34-22 Santa Clara lead. Greenwood got fouled on a drive and made his free shots: 34-24. Snell scored on a follow underneath to form the 35-26 halftime count. UNM got 11 bench points in the half to none for Santa Clara. UNM missed nine of its final ten shots in the half.

Villanova 71, UC Riverside 46: Kind of a romp. Villanova's Maalike Wayns had a season-high 23 points as Villanova stayed undefeated with a 71-46 roll over UC Riverside. The 4-0 Wildcats also got 12 points from Durrun Hillliard and James Bell. Villanova went on a 30-6 run to take control of the Highlanders. Villanova's pressure defense helped it throw out a 16-0 run that made it 28-14. Riverside had one field goal in the final 9:47 of the first half.

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