Post-game Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/02/2008

Jan. 2, 2008

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  • The Lobos edge UTEP 86-85 in overtime for their season-high 6th straight win...New Mexico is 13-2 for only the 2nd time in the past 9 seasons...the Lobos started 14-2 in 2004-05

  • UNM is 3-2 away from home and has won consecutive non-conference road games for the first time since the 2004-05 season (at New Mexico State and at Texas-Arlington)

  • The Lobos have won 3 road games in 2007-08, equaling their entire total from the past two seasons when they went 3-19...it's the most road wins since going 5-5 in 2004-05

  • UTEP falls to 9-3 and had a 5-game winning streak halted...the Miners lose at home for the first time in 7 games this season

  • The Lobos and Miners played their 10th overtime game in the 139-game history of the series...the OT record between the two schools is tied at 5-5, although UNM has won the last 4

  • New Mexico had lost its past 4 overtime games away from Albuquerque...the last win before tonight was 68-65 at New Mexico State during the 2000-01 season

  • UNM is 12-0 this season when leading at halftime and 12-0 when out-rebounding its opponent...the Lobos led the Miners 36-28 at the break and gathered 56 rebounds to UTEP's 45

  • The Lobos' current 6-game winning streak began Dec. 8 when Chad Toppert and Roman Martinez were inserted into the starting lineup...UNM is 6-0 with the starting quintet of Martinez, Toppert, Daniel Faris, Dairese Gary and J.R. Giddens

  • UNM trailed 8-0, but then scored the next 14 points for a 14-8 advantage...senior J.R. Giddens scored 11 of the Lobos' first 14 points

  • New Mexico kept the lead until the second half when the Miners went up 46-45...the Lobos trailed 62-57 late in regulation, but outscored UTEP 7-2 over the last 3:53 to force overtime...UNM led 82-72 in overtime before hanging on at the end

  • UNM shot a season-low 36.1% (22-61), including 23.8% (5-21) from 3-point...the Lobos made 8 of their first 16 shots from the floor, but finished the half making just 3 of their last 15 tries

  • UNM has shot just 24% (7-29) from 3-point the past 2 games

  • UTEP shot a season-low 33.3% (23-69) from the field, 21.2% (7-33) in the 1st half...the Miners' previous season-low was 41.3% (26-63) against New Mexico State on Nov. 27 in El Paso

  • UNM held UTEP to a season-low-tying 28 points in the 1st half...the Miners trailed UNLV 39-28

  • New Mexico limited UTEP junior guard Stefon Jackson to 17 points on 5-15 shooting, 7-8 FTs, and 1 rebound...Jackson, who scored 25 against the Lobos last year, came into the game averaging 25.5 points and a team-high 5 rebounds

  • The Lobos made their first 10 free throws and finished the game by hitting 37-of-52 (71%)...that's the most FTs made and attempted since a 40-of-53 performance against Utah on March 1, 2003

    Senior J.R. Giddens

  • scored 20 points in 43 minutes, and set career-highs with 19 rebounds and 7 assists
  • the 19 rebounds are the most by a Lobo since Lewis LaMar had 22 against Fresno State on Feb. 26, 1994
  • recorded his 2nd straight double-double, 4th of the season and 7th of his career

    Freshman Dairese Gary

  • had a career-high 9 rebounds to go along with 10 points and 4 assists
  • has 22 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists the past 2 games

    Junior Daniel Faris

  • finished with 13 points for his 4th straight game scoring in double figures
  • scored 6 points in overtime, including 4-of-4 from the FT line
  • has averaged 13.5 points over the past 4 games

    Junior Chad Toppert

  • had 14 points and 7 rebounds
  • set career-highs with 9 FTs made and 10 FTs attempted
  • converted 1 of 6 shots from 3-point, the 3rd straight game he has failed to make at least 2 3s in a game
  • his season accuracy is 47.5% (38-80) while his career percentage of 44.77% (137-306) is now 2nd-best in UNM history...Troy DeVries is 1st at 44.95%
  • has 137 3-pointers in his career, 3 from moving into the top-10 all-time at UNM

    Reserves Darren Prentice and Jamaal Smith

  • combined to score 21 of their 23 points in the 2nd half
  • Smith scored all 10 of his after the break, Prentice 11 of 13, including a free throw with 4.7 seconds left that would be the eventual difference in the 1-point victory...Prentice scored 8 points in overtime
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