Jan. 17, 2004
With its 68-42 victory, Air Force picked up its first win ever in The Pit (1-22) and first victory in Albuquerque (3-23) since a 62-56 win on Feb. 7, 1962 at Johnson Gym...New Mexico, meanwhile, had its 7-game home winning streak snapped and has now lost 3 of its last 5 games.
New Mexico played in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,018 for the first time in over two years...the last sell-out was at a game against New Mexico State on Dec. 16, 2001, a game which UNM won 70-49....Air Force's 26-point victory was the Lobos' fourth-biggest defeat in The Pit.
Air Force took a 5-3 lead on Joel Gerlach's 3-pointer at the 17:03 mark of the first half, marking the first time an opponent had led in The Pit in seven games since Texas Tech's 67-58 victory on Dec. 6...UNM had led for nearly 283 minutes before falling behind early tonight....Air Force led for all but the first 2:57 of the game.
UNM endured first half field goal droughts of 5:20 and 6:15.
Five days after recording a season-low eight turnovers at Wyoming, New Mexico committed eight turnovers in the first nine minutes of the game against Air Force...the Lobos had turnovers on eight of their first 13 possessions of the first half...UNM finished with 17 turnovers and matched a season-low for the second straight game with 8 assists on the night.
Air Force shot a season-high 62.5% (25-40) on the night, including 75% (12-16) in the second half, the best by a UNM opponent this year...the Falcons hit a season-high 60% (12-20) from beyond the arc, also the best against UNM this season...Air Force shot 61.5% (24-39) from the floor in the teams' last meeting, a 68-60 Falcon win in Colorado Springs on March 8, 2003....UNM, meanwhile, matched a season-low with 3 3-pointers.
Falcon center Nick Welch scored a career-high 18 points and had a career-best 4 3-pointers on the night...Welch had 16 points and all 4 threes in the second half...he had a season-high 10 points in his last game against New Mexico on March 8, 2003.