May 27, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's basketball team dropped an exhibition game to the Bahamian Select squad, 76-71, in Nassau, Bahamas, today. The Lobos held a 66-64 lead with 3:30 left in the game, but could not hold on. Senior Tony Danridge led the way with 21 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Roman Martinez recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards.
The start of today's game was almost identical to yesterday's first five minutes. UNM jumped out to a 6-0 lead before allowing the Bahamians to go on a 12-0 run. The Lobos battled back and a dunk just before the buzzer by Danridge closed the gap to 18-19 in favor of the Select team.
The Bahamians started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, parked by two 24 second shot-clock violations by the Lobos. Another dunk by Danridge with 6:30 left in the half was the first basket by UNM in the quarter. The Bahamians continued to pull away in the second and a three-pointer by former Gonzaga Bulldog Quentin Hall just before the half put them up 39-29.
Martinez scored six of his 14 points in the third quarter to spark an 11-4 run by New Mexico. A three-point play by junior Daniel Faris on the interior closed the gap to 44-47 with five minutes left in the frame. The Bahamian squad pushed back to a four-point lead at the end of the third period 56-52.
Danridge scored six quick points to start the final period, tying the game at 61 with 6:30 left. UNM took a 66-64 lead after a three-point play by Danridge with 3:30 left. At that point, Nelson Joseph took over the game for the Bahamians. The 6-6 forward scored 10 of the Select teams final 12 points to secure the game for the Bahamians.
"For the second game in a row, we just turned the ball over way too many times," stated UNM head coach Steve Alford. "The Lobos had 18 turnovers in the first half and 31 for the game. "This is good. This is why we came on this trip, to play guys like this that are older and very aggressive. It is going to give our guys a lot of good tape to look at when we get back in the fall."
"I thought Roman was much better today that what he was yesterday," added Alford. "We had some other guys struggle today, but that is all part of it with a new style and new system. As long as guys are working hard and competing we will continue to get better."
"We had way too many turnovers and we didn't box out on a lot of possessions," stated Martinez. "I just tried to work and get as many rebounds as I could. Yesterday I didn't get a lot of rebounds so I tried to make it up as best I could."
Faris added 13 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort while junior Chad Toppert had 11 points and eight boards. The Lobos will have Monday off before playing again on Tuesday, May 29.