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Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/08/2008

March 8, 2008

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New Mexico at Colorado State
March 8, 2008 - Fort Collins, Colo.

  • UNM beats Colorado State 71-52...New Mexico is 24-7 overall, and finishes 11-5 and in 3rd place in the MWC...the 11 conference wins are the most by UNM in 10 years...the Lobos were 4-12 in the MWC last year, tying TCU for last place...CSU is 6-24 overall, 0-16 in the league
  • The 19-point win is New Mexico's largest over Colorado State in Fort Collins...the previous was 91-74 in 1995
  • New Mexico has equaled its most wins (24) during a regular season...the 1977-78 Lobos were 24-3 heading into the NCAA Tournament while the 1995-96 team was 24-4 going into the Western Athletic Conference tournament
  • The Lobos, 8-1 in their last 9 games, will be the No. 3 seed in next week's MWC Tournament...UNM will play either TCU or Utah Thursday at 9:30 MDT
  • After going 8-43 in true road games - played on the opponents' home floor - the past five seasons (2003-07), UNM is 8-5 this year, which ties a school record set three previous times: 8-4 in 1972-73, 8-2 in 1977-78 and 8-3 in 1995-96...the MWC record for road wins is eight as well set by UNLV in 2006-07 and Air Force in 2003-04...BYU could tie the mark as well this year if it wins Saturday at TCU...UNM has won 4 straight conference road games for the first time since a 5-game run in 1998

  • New Mexico has won 3 in a row over CSU, and 23 of the past 26 against the Rams since Feb. 12, 1994...UNM has a 15-3 lead in MWC games and is 10-2 in its last 12 games against the Rams in Fort Collins
  • New Mexico came into the game 2nd the nation in 3-point percentage at 42.1%...the Lobos were 10 of 17 today, increasing the season percentage to 42.6%
  • UNM trailed 24-20 with 6:34 left in the 1st half, but outscored the Rams 19-6 to take a 39-30 lead at halftime...New Mexico opened the 2nd half with a 15-6 run to take a 54-36 advantage...the Lobos outscored CSU 32-22 in the 2nd half
  • The Rams shot just 31.1% for the game, including 5 of 22 after halftime
  • The Lobos opened the game missing 10 of their first 12 shots from the floor, but closed the half by making 11 of their last 19...UNM finished at 45.5% (25-55)
  • The Lobos had 7 turnovers, the 16th time this year with 10 or less in a game, and the 11th time in 16 MWC games...UNM averaged 10.4 turnovers in MWC and just 8.9 the past 9 contests
  • UNM is 21-0 this year when holding the opponent to less than 70 points
  • New Mexico has won 21 straight games when allowing less than 60 points
  • UNM improved to 20-3 on the year when leading at halftime and 18-3 when out-rebounding its opponent
  • Senior J.R. Giddens

  • picked up 3 fouls in the 1st half and was limited to just 4 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 9 minutes
  • finished with 13 points to take the scoring title in MWC games over Colorado State's Marcus Walker...Giddens scored 293 points (18.3 ppg) in 16 conference games, 2 more than Walker
  • had a season-low 1 rebound, plus 3 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in a season-low 21 minutes
  • Junior Daniel Faris

  • a team-high 15 points and 8 rebounds in 22 minutes with 11 points and 6 boards coming in the 1st half
  • Junior Chad Toppert

  • 14 points for his first double-figure scoring game since 18 points against Wyoming on Feb. 9, a span of 8 games
  • 4-5 from 3-point, plus 4 assists and 0 turnovers in 30 minutes
  • season 3-point accuracy is now 48.5% (82-169) in all games and 50% (45-90) in MWC action
  • career accuracy from 3-point is 45.8% (181-395), still 1st all-time at UNM
  • Senior Darren Prentice

  • 5 points and an MWC-high 6 assists
  • Freshman Dairese Gary

  • 5 points and an MWC-high 7 rebounds
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