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Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/22/2008

Jan. 22, 2008

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  • UNM wins 77-67 in overtime...the Lobos are now 16-4 overall, surpassing last year's win total (15-17 in 2006-07)...the Lobos are 3-2 in the MWC...Utah is 10-7 and 1-3 in the MWC, 2 of those in OT on the road

  • New Mexico is 16-4 for the first time since the 1998-99 season and Steve Alford is one win away from equalling his best start in 17 years as an NCAA Div. I head coach...his 2000-01 Iowa team started 17-4

  • The Lobos and Utes played their 3rd straight overtime game...they split last year

  • New Mexico has won 6 straight against Utah in The Pit, the longest streak since 9 in a row from 1967-75

  • The Lobos outscored Utah 13-3 in the final 3:20 of overtime

  • Three of New Mexico's last 6 games have been decided in OT and UNM has won all three...UNM has won 3 straight overtime games for the first time since 1991-92

  • UNM made 13 of its last 15 FTs, 9 of 11 in OT

  • The Lobos held Utah to its lowest scoring half of the season (21 in the 1st half)

  • The Lobos average 5.8 steals a game, but had 9 in the game and 7 in the 1st half

  • Utah center Luke Nevill finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out with 4:40 left in OT...his first points came at the 8:45 mark of the 1st half on 2 free throws, but his first basket did not come until the 17:27 mark of the 2nd half...Nevill averages 10.5 shots a game, but was 4 of 6 tonight...he did not attempt a FG in 17 first-half minutes...he was 5 of 10 from the FT line

  • The Lobos led 31-19 in the 1st half, but then trailed 53-45 after an 18-1 Utah run...it was 56-49 in the Utes' favor before New Mexico went on a 9-0 burst to take a 58-56 advantage

  • New Mexico is 14-0 this year when holding opponents under 70 points

  • UNM out-rebounded Utah 36-33, including 12-6 on the offensive glass...New Mexico is 14-1 this year when grabbing more boards than the opponent

  • Despite playing an extra 5 minutes, New Mexico committed a season-low 7 turnovers, the 6th time this year it has had fewer than 10...the Lobos are averaging 11.1 turnovers in 13 home games and have been guilty of only 33 the past 4 games in The Pit, or 8.3 a game

  • New Mexico is 12-1 at home this season, winning by an average of 19.1 points

    Junior Daniel Faris

  • scored 15 points, his best career output in an MWC game...also had 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal and 0 turnovers in 34
  • attempted a career-high 16 shots, more than twice his per-game average of 7 coming into tonight
  • had 4 points and 3 rebounds in the first 4 minutes tonight
  • had 0 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes last Saturday against Air Force

    Junior Chad Toppert

  • 14 points on 4-8 shots from 3-point...also 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 0 turnovers
  • has made a 3-pointer in 13 straight games
  • has made 13-23 3-pointers in his last 3 games against Utah
  • career accuracy from 3-point is 45.23% (152-336), 1st all-time at UNM...Troy DeVries is 2nd at 44.95%
  • has 152 3-pointers in his career, 8th place all-time at UNM

    Senior J.R. Giddens

  • 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block and 1 steal
  • 173 rebounds and 61 assists are season-highs in his collegiate career

    Senior Jamaal Smith

  • 12 points (5-5 FTs), 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 19 minutes
  • 5 points and 3 rebounds in 4 minutes of overtime

    Freshman Dairese Gary

  • 10 points on 2-4 FGs and 6-6 FTs, plus 2 assists and 0 turnovers
  • tied a career-high with 4 steals
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