May 29, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's basketball team scored an 82-41 win over the Sunshine Auto Ruff Ryders at the Sir Kendall Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas today. The Lobos got 22 points from senior Tony Danridge and 20 points and nine rounds from junior Daniel Faris. Sophomore Roman Martinez had his second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
New Mexico had been plagued by turnover in its first two games, but only had 12 miscues in today's contest. The Lobos also turned up the defensive pressure, outscoring the Ruff Ryders 23-9 in the opening quarter. Sunshine Auto tried to mount a run at the start of the second period, pull to within eight 26-18 with 7:47 left. Senior Blake Harden started a 13-3 spurt when he trailed the break and slammed home a dunk after break down the middle of the lane. New Mexico went into the locker room with a 39-21 lead. It was the first halftime lead of the trip for the Lobos.
"The guys made some strides tonight in doing things the way we want it done," stated head coach Steve Alford. "We took better care of the ball in a wild game. Usually in a game like this, your turnovers go up, but tonight they went down. We took good shots, did a good job on the backboard and our defense was much better. Hopefully we can continue to get better in all of those areas."
UNM continued to put pressure on Sunshine Auto in the third period. Faris took a pass from Prentice and slammed home a 61-33 lead at the end of the period. Prentice recorded one of his team-high nine assists on the play.
"I think we played a lot better today than either of the first two days," stated Faris. "We took better care of the ball and didn't make any bad mistakes. My teammates did a good job of getting me open looks and easy lay ups."
The fourth quarter would have been an uneventful affair had it not been for Danridge. The 6-5 swingman had three of his trademark acrobatic dunks that excited the over 70 fans in the stands.
The Lobos play one more exhibition game tomorrow night against the Commonwealth Bank Giants at 8:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). Junior Chad Toppert rolled his ankle midway through the second quarter and did not return. He was walking without a limp following the game and should be ready for tomorrow's contest.