Feb. 28, 2004
By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Danny Granger got his sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds Saturday in New Mexico's 72-60 win over San Diego State.
New Mexico, mediocre on the road, but stellar at home, has won 12 of its last 13 games in The Pit. Away from Albuquerque the Lobos (14-11, 5-7 MWC) have lost 26 straight games dating back to the 2001-02 season, the school's longest road losing streak in more than 40 years.
The Lobos used a 16-2 run late in the first half to pull away from the Aztecs (14-13, 5-7 MWC). Point guard Javin Tindall, who finished with 16 points, sparked the run with nine points, including two 3-pointers.
San Diego State, like New Mexico winless on the road this season in conference play, was led by Wesley Stokes with 15 points and Aerick Sanders with 10.
There were seven lead changes and the Aztecs held their biggest and final lead at 23-17 after a 3-pointer by Chris Manker with 8:11 left in the first half. Tindall then was fouled on a 3-point shot and converted on all three free throws, then sandwiched 3-pointers around a slam dunk by Sanders.
Granger, Tindall and Troy DeVries, who also scored 16, accounted for 34 of New Mexico's 36 first half points. Center David Chiotti, who had the other two points in the opening half, scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.
San Diego State went scoreless for the first 6? minutes of the second half and the Lobos stretched the lead to 44-29 with 14:43 remaining on a pair of free throws by Granger.
As they have much of this season at home, the Lobos got plenty of trips to the foul line. They shot 29 free throws and made 21. San Diego State shot just six free throws. In its last five league games at home, New Mexico has shot 140 free throws.