New Mexico Ousts Utah in Overtime, 77-67
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/22/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 22, 2008

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    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Daniel Faris scored 15 points and J.R. Giddens and Chad Toppert both had 14 to lead New Mexico to a 77-67 overtime victory against Utah on Tuesday night.

    Jamaal Smith had five points and Giddens and Dairese Gary both added four in the overtime for the Lobos (16-4, 3-2 Mountain West Conference), who beat the Utes (10-7, 1-3) for the sixth straight time at The Pit.

    Giddens and Smith both missed shots in the final 15 seconds of regulation and Tyler Kepkay missed one for Utah.

    The Lobos had nine free throws as they outscored Utah 13-3 in the overtime.

    Johnnie Bryant had 25 points for the Utes.

    New Mexico held Utah center Luke Nevill, who came into the game averaging a team-high 13.6 points, without a shot in taking a 31-21 halftime lead.

    The New Mexico bench was called for a technical foul with 12:04 left. It erased a 3-pointer by Roman Martinez and helped spark an 18-1 run that put Utah up 53-45.

    The Lobos responded with a 13-3 run, regaining the lead on two free throws by Martinez with 3:15 left.

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