March 3, 2007
SAN DIEGO - Dionne Marsh scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as New Mexico overwhelmed San Diego State in the second half en route to a 67-48 victory on Saturday. The Lobos (21-8, 11-5 MWC) clinched the third seed in next week's Mountain West Conference tournament, where they will play host UNLV, the No. 6 seed. San Diego State dropped to 12-15 overall and 5-11 in MWC play.
UNM broke open a close game, outscoring the Aztecs 22-11 in the first nine minutes of the second half. SDSU led by as many as seven early in the game, but New Mexico used the free throw line and an effective zone defense to chip away at the lead.
The Lobos shot just 33 percent from the floor (17-52), but hit 30-37 from the charity stripe and forced 19 Aztec turnovers. SDSU got to the line 16 times, making 11.
New Mexico dominated the boards as well, outrebounding San Diego State 45-28.
The Lobos improved their winning streak in the series to 15 in a row.
New Mexico and UNLV are scheduled to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. (MST) next Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.