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Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/14/2008

March 14, 2008

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New Mexico vs. Utah
Phillips 66 Mountain West Conference Basketball Championship Quarterfinals
March 13, 2008 Las Vegas, Nev.

  • UNM loses to Utah 82-80 in overtime...New Mexico falls to 24-8 while Utah improves to 17-13
  • The Lobos and Utes play overtime for the 4th time in the past 5 meetings between the two teams
  • New Mexico has now played a school-record 5 overtime games in 2007-08
  • The Lobos trailed 70-62 with 4:14 left in regulation, but outscored the Utes 10-2 to force overtime at 72-all
  • New Mexico has now lost in the 1st round of the MWC Tournament 6 of the past 7 years and 7 times in 9 MWC seasons overall
  • UNM was out-rebounding teams by 3 a game, but Utah had a 38-30 edge tonight, the Lobos' largest deficit in 12 games, since 42-34 at BYU on Jan. 26
  • UNM had a 32-25 lead after a J.R. Giddens dunk with 5:14 left in the 1st half, but Utah closed with a 15-5 run to take a 40-37 halftime lead...the Lobos did not regain the lead again until there was 2:23 to go in overtime when 2 free throws by J.R. Giddens gave UNM a 78-77 advantage

Senior J.R. Giddens

  • 28 points and 17 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and 6th against MWC competition this year; played 44 of a possible 45 minutes
  • moves into a tie with Willie Long (1970-71) for 12th
  • place on the UNM single-season list with 277 rebounds

Freshman Dairese Gary

  • 14 points and 4 assists; made his first 5 shots from the floor and finished 5 of 6
  • scored UNM's first 8 points and 10 of its first 14
  • 4 assists, giving him 102 for the season; is the 5th Lobo freshman to reach 100 assists in a season

Sophomore Roman Martinez

  • 12 points with 9 coming in the 2nd half

Senior Jamaal Smith

  • 11 points on 2-6 FGs and 7-8 FTs
  • averaged 13.3 points in 3 games against Utah this season

Junior Chad Toppert

  • 10 points on 2-5 shots from 3-point and 4-4 FTs
  • 18-of-32 from 3-point in last 5 games against Utah
  • has made 84 3-pointers this season, No. 8 in the UNM record book
Sunday, November 30
2:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. USC (Toys For Tots)
Wednesday, December 03
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. New Mexico State
Saturday, December 06
6:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at Valparaiso
Saturday, December 13
6:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. UL Monroe (Youth Day/Mascot Mania)
Wednesday, December 17
8:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. Central Arkansas
Saturday, December 20
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at New Mexico State
Tuesday, December 23
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at Grand Canyon
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