Jan. 1, 2011
Lobo Men's Basketball - At Dayton
Saturday: Dayton 76, Lobos 73 (2OT)
Wednesday: Cal State Bakersfield at Lobos, The Pit
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer / GoLobos.com
The New Mexico Lobos and the Dayton Flyers broke in the New Year 2011 with a game that seemed to want to hang around until 2012. The Flyers finally ended the 76-73 double-overtime thriller by holding UNM to two points in the second extra period.
The Lobos lost the game on the scoreboard, but it was a tremendous showing of guts and grit by New Mexico. The 11-3 Lobos refused to roll over to a home team that burned the nets with 13 3-pointers including a clutch bomb in the second OT that put Dayton up 74-71.
"I'm extremely proud of our guys," said Lobo coach Steve Alford. "Our guys continue to give tremendous effort. This road trip was a brutal road trip and we win by one at Texas Tech and go into overtime here."
Dayton had numerous chances to end this game in regulation and in the first overtime, but the gritty Lobos came up with big stops on defense and big shots on offense to extend the game an extra ten minutes.
"They (Flyers) were in the situation where they didn't have to get a score and they didn't have to get a stop. There was no pressure on them to lose the game," said Alford. "We had to get a score and a stop and we did that twice. That's hard to do on the road."
UNM's Kendall Williams came up with several huge buckets to keep his team in the game as did senior Dairese Gary. "We gave ourselves chance after chance after chance to win on the road," said Alford. "Kendall made a couple of big-time plays to help extend the game and I thought Dairese had a special game."
Gary ended with 19 points going 6-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. He added eight assists and five boards. Williams had 14 points throwing in a couple of running jumpers that allowed UNM to push the game into two extra periods.
Both teams seemed to be battling fatigue down the stretch and Dayton had to score only five points in the second overtime to get their 12th win of the season.
Dayton shot only 33.8 percent from the field, but went 13-of-29 (44.8 percent) from long range. UNM outscored Dayton by eight points from the line and the Flyers won the board battle, 48-44. The Flyers had 18 offensive boards to seven for the Lobos. UNM shot 44.4 percent from the floor.
Dayton had four players in double figures: Chris Wright (17), Paul Williams (16), Josh Parker (16) and Chris Johnson (15). Wright added 14 rebounds. UNM got seven points and eight boards from Alex Kirk, and eight points each from A.J. Hardeman and Phillip McDonald.
Second Overtime: Dayton 5, Lobos 2
The Flyers jumped up 74-71 on a tough trey by Paul Williams coming off a screen. Dayton was up 76-72 before Gary cut it to 76-73 making one free shot. Gary went to the line after Dayton's Matt Kavanaugh picked up his fifth foul bumping Gary 30 feet from the basket.
UNM called time at 1:19, down 76-73. Gary lost track of the shot clock and had to force an air-ball trey with 58 seconds to play. Juwan Staten missed for Dayton, but UNM's Williams missed on a drive at the other end. Dayton got the board and called time with 10.2 seconds to play.
The Lobos fouled Chris Wright with 9.2 seconds to play. He bricked both free shots, UNM got the board and called time with 5.9 seconds to play. The Lobos got the ball into Williams, who was quickly fouled with 3.3 seconds to play. He missed his first shot, but rocketed his second shot off the rim and back into his quick hands.
The New Mexico freshman dashed behind the line, turned and flipped in a 3-pointer that bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer. Dayton escaped with the 76-73 win.
First Overtime: Lobos 7, Dayton 7 - (71-71)
The Lobos went inside to Gordon to take the quick 66-64 lead. Chris Johnson came back to make two free throws for Dayton: 66-all. UNM went up 68-66 when Hardeman saved a ball and flipped it to an open McDonald under the hoop.
Dayton then got a trey to go up 69-68. Gordon lost the ball off his foot at the other end and Staten finally got a finish for Dayton to push the Flyers up 71-68. UNM called time at 1:28. UNM needed a bucket and the Flyers needed a stop.
Staten, having more trouble with Williams, hacked the young Lobo at 1:20. Williams made one: 71-69. Staten worked the clock too much at the other end and forced a jumper. Gary tied the game 71-all on a power drive and a finish off the glass.
Dayton brought the ball in with 29 seconds to go. Staten backed off on a drive and had to kick the ball back out for a quick Parker trey that missed wide. The teams marched into a second overtime.
Second Half: Dayton 32, Lobos 26
UNM came out at the half up by six points and went into the first media break at 15:53 up five points, 44-39. Dayton kept chipping away and at the 12:43 mark Wright threw down a soft, follow dunk to tie the game at 44-all. Hardeman scored inside to hand UNM a 46-44 lead going into the 11:40 media break.
Dayton snatched the lead right back. Dayton's Kavanaugh scored inside and converted an old-fashioned, 3-point play to push the Flyers up 47-46. UNM grabbed the lead back at 51-50 when Gary scored an uncontested layup on a backdoor play. The Flyers got a dunk and a field goal to go up 54-51 with 7:54 to play and UNM called a timeout.
UNM came out of the break and Gary missed. Dayton got a trey by Parker off the dribble to grab their biggest lead at 57-53. Dayton carried that four point lead into a break at 6:48.
Gary got two free throws to cut Dayton's lead to 57-55. The Flyers got a steal and a layup by Juwan Staten to go back up four, 59-55.
A big play by UNM came after Williams got stuffed inside, but quickly stole a pass and scored a layup to pull UNM to 61-58. Parker banged in a long trey at the top of the key for Dayton to make it 64-58 for the home time. Gary drove the baseline and fed Hardeman for a layup to pull UNM to 64-60. Dayton called a timeout at 2:44, up four points.
Dayton missed a 15-footer, but kept possession after the ball went out after a scramble for the rebound. The Flyers had the ball going into the final media break at 2:18.
Dayton's Staten bricked on a drive. UNM's Williams drove at the other end, added a spin move, and floated in a soft jumper to pull UNM to 64-62. UNM called time at 1:21. Staten choked on another drive, turning the ball over on a bad pass in traffic. The Lobos had the ball with 48 seconds to play.
The Lobo freshman drove the baseline and tossed up another high floater - swish. UNM had the 64-all tie. Dayton called time with 23.6 to play. Staten blew yet another opportunity for his Flyers, missing underneath. Dayton got a couple of wild tips before Hardeman pulled down the rebound to force a five-minute overtime.
First Half: Lobos 38, Dayton 32
The Lobos took early leads in the first half - 8-3 going into the first media break and 14-6 going into the second media stop at 11:43. The Lobos were getting good dribble penetration on the offensive end and had plugged the inside well on the defensive end. Dayton's first six points came from behind the line.
Dayton was having trouble running its offense against a tight Lobo defense. When Gary scored on a follow to make it 18-11, the Flyers called a timeout with 8:27 to play in the half. At the 7:53 break, UNM was up 20-11 off two free throws by Gary. Dayton was shooting 19 percent from the floor (4-of-21) at that point.
Kirk hit a baseline jumper to push UNM up 22-12. Dayton answered with a baseline trey: 22-15. Another baseline trey at 5:32 cut UNM's lead to 22-18 and Alford called a timeout.
UNM came out of the break to send Gary on a drive while Williams set up on the baseline. Gary made the pass and Williams made the trey: 25-18. A Kirk bucket pushed UNM up 31-21 and a Gary feed to Gordon after a steal pushed UNM up 33-21. At the 2:56 break, UNM was up 33-23. The Lobos used the free-throw line to keep Dayton at bay and to into the halftime break up 38-32.