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Lobos Close Out Non-Conference Season With 74-65 Win Over Cornell
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/09/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan 9, 2004

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Danny Granger had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds and New Mexico pulled away late in the second half in a 74-65 win over Cornell Friday night.

New Mexico (9-4) never trailed but didn't shake the Big Red (5-7) until the Lobos converted three Cornell turnovers into seven straight points that put New Mexico ahead 66-51 with just over a minute left.

Granger hit a shot in the lane, Javin Tindall sank a 3-pointer and Alfred Neale had a slam dunk off Cornell's turnovers.

Ka'Ron Barnes led Cornell with 28 points and Cody Toppert, who played his high school career at Albuquerque Academy, added 20. Toppert hit six 3-pointers, including three in a row in the final minute, but by then the Lobos were safely in front.

New Mexico center David Chiotti scored 17 points and along with Granger was able to score inside after two of Cornell's big men, 6-foot-8 Stevan Marcetic and 6-6 Lenny Collins, fouled out within a six-second span midway through the second half.

Cornell stayed close on the 3-point shooting of Toppert and Barnes. Barnes had four 3-pointers and 19 points in the second half.

Granger hit 7 of 10 shots and added 4 assists to offset his six turnovers. The Lobos helped the Big Red stay in the game by committing 19 turnovers. Guard Troy DeVries had five and Tindall, the point guard, had four.

Both teams slumbered their way through the first half. Cornell missed its first 11 3-pointers before hitting its last two of the half. New Mexico wasn't much better, hitting 2 of 11 shots from behind the arc en route to a 32-27 lead.

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