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Post-Game Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2009

Feb. 24, 2009

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Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
The Pit / Bob King Court, Albuquerque, N.M.
Final Score: New Mexico 76, TCU 62
Records: New Mexico 18-10, 9-4 MWC; TCU 14-14, 5-9 MWC.

  • The Lobos have won 5 of their last 6 and are 7-2 since Jan. 24

  • New Mexico improves to 7-0 against TCU in The Pit

  • After 9 turnovers in the 1st half, UNM committed just 2 in the 2nd

  • New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 609 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

  • Steve Alford has posted 42 wins in his first two seasons as New Mexico head coach...a look at the most wins by Lobo head coaches in their first two seasons:
    Norm Ellenberger43 1973-74
    Steve Alford42 2008-09
    Dave Bliss421989-90

  • UNM's 9 conference wins have been by an average of 19.3 points while their 4 losses - all on the road at UNLV, San Diego State, Utah and BYU - have been by a combined 19 points, or 4.8 points

  • The Lobos are 7-0 in home conference games this season, and have won 8 straight dating to last year...a look at the numbers in the 7 home games in 2008-09:

    OpponentResultOpp. FG%
    Air ForceW, 78-53 18-46 .391
    BYUW, 81-62 21-54 .389
    Colorado State W, 68-50 16-35 .457
    Wyoming W, 86-57 17-48 .354
    UNLVW, 73-69 (OT) 23-58 .397
    San Diego StateW, 75-4918-49 .367
    TCUW, 76-6219-43 .442
    Averages76.7-57.4 132-333 .396

  • UNM head coach Steve Alford is 30-4 all-time in The Pit, 13-2 in MWC games

  • Only twice in the past 33 games has an opponent made 50% of its FG tries against the Lobos...San Diego State hit an even 50% (23-46) on Jan. 21 and Air Force converted 52% (22-42) on Feb. 11

  • The Lobos are 13-1 this season - with 13 consecutive wins - when junior Roman Martinez plays more than 30 minutes in a game...the only loss was at Creighton on Nov. 16

    Senior Daniel Faris

  • season-high 20 points on 4-6 FGs and a school record-tying 12-12 FTs...16 points in the 2nd half (8-8 FTs)...third player in UNM history to be perfect on at least 12 FTs in a game...Ruben Douglas (2002) and Phil Smith (1981) shared the record at 15-15 from the stripe...Phil Abney (1979) was also 12-12...Douglas was the last to go at least 12-12 in a game in 2003...Faris entered the night a career 60.8% FT shooter, but a career-best 66.7% this season...second 20-point game of his career...1 shy of his career-high 21 at Hawai'i last year

    Senior Tony Danridge

  • 17 points...only 4 games under 10 points this season and just one since December (9 at Utah) • passed former teammate David Chiotti for 9th place on UNM's career scoring list with 1,154 points • averaging 20.2 points in his last 5 games

    Senior Chad Toppert

  • became the 26th Lobo to score 1,000 career points when he hit a 3-pointer with 9:21 left in the game...he finished with 12 points and has 1,005 in his career...a member of the 1,000-point club despite starting just 28 games in his 121-game career...that's the fewest starts for any player in the 1,000-point club...3 of 7 from 3-point tonight..762 of his 1,005 points (76%) have come from 3-pointers; he has 254 3s in his career

    Junior Roman Martinez

  • 9 points, 7 rebounds
  • 22 points and 18 rebounds in 2 games vs. TCU this year

    Sophomore Dairese Gary

  • 7 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
  • has 24 assists and 6 turnovers in the last 6 games
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    Saturday, December 20
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