Lobos Begin Final Homestand Against Aztecs on Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/25/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 25, 2004

Game 25 * New Mexico vs. San Diego State
Saturday, Feb. 28 * 7:07 p.m. MST * KRQE-TV
The Pit/Bob King Court * Albuquerque, N.M.

Playing at home for the first time since Feb. 9, the University of New Mexico hosts San Diego State Saturday evening. The Lobos and Aztecs start at 7:07 p.m. Mountain Time from The Pit/Bob King Court in Albuquerque. KRQE-TV will broadcast the game live locally.

UNM is closing the regular season by playing four of its final six games of the road. The final home game of the regular season is Monday against UNLV. The Lobos' two seniors - Ryan Ashcraft and Javin Tindall - will be recognized before the game.

New Mexico is 13-11 overall and 4-7 in the MWC after suffering its third straight loss, a 73-43 decision at Utah on Monday. The Lobos are in sixth place in the league. UNM has not lost four in a row since the last four games of the 2001-02 season. One more victory would guarantee New Mexico no worse than a .500 season.

San Diego State is 14-12 overall and 5-6 in the MWC after sweeping Wyoming (74-66) and Colorado State (72-54) at home. SDSU resides in fifth place. The Aztecs are 2-8 on the road this season, 0-5 in MWC play. They have lost eight straight away from Cox Arena.

UNM has surpassed last year's win total by three games and equaled its conference win total (4-10). New Mexico is 13-3 in The Pit this season, and has won four straight and 11 of its last 12. The Lobos were 10-7 at home last year.

New Mexico has had a full roster the past 18 games - since Dec. 21 - when Granger (Bradley) and Troy DeVries (Portland State) became eligible as mid-season transfers. The twosome has been UNM?s top-two scorers since taking the court. UNM is 10-8 since their arrival. At 19.6 points a game, Granger is leading the MWC in scoring. He is averaging 8.6 rebounds, good for 5th in the league. Granger became the first Lobo since Kenny Thomas in 1997-98 to record four straight double-doubles.

DeVries is averaging 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists, including 12 dishes against Coppin State, the best total by a Lobo in 12 years. He is shooting 44.7% (46-103) from 3-point, an average of 2.56 treys a game.


Lobo students with current ID may purchase a guest ticket for $5 for the final two home games. The offer is good only at the ticket office at The Pit.

LOBO TICKETS - Single-game tickets are available online at golobos.com, or by calling 925-5858 or (800) 905-3315. Ticket outlets include the athletics ticket office at The Pit, the ticket office at the UNM Bookstore on main campus, and Raley's and Western Wearhouse locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho.

Ticket office hours at The Pit are 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. Call (505) 925-5626 for more information.

HONORS COMING IN - Danny Granger was named first team all-district 13 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Feb. 19. Also, Troy DeVries was named to the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District VI All-Academic team. DeVries has a 3.67 GPA and is majoring in University Studies.

Junior Troy DeVries is shooting 44.7% from 3-pt. range - 11th in the NCAA.

UNM IN THE NCAA STATS - Through games of Monday, Feb. 23, New Mexico ranked 11th in the nation in 3-point FGs made per game at 8.8. Troy DeVries is the 11th most accurate 3-point shooter, making 44.7% (46-103) of his attempts, while Danny Granger is No. 32 in scoring average at 19.6 a game.

LOBOS VS. SAN DIEGO STATE - New Mexico has a 31-21 lead in the series that started Jan. 2, 1976. UNM had won 10 straight and 18 of the past 19 prior to the 2001-02 season, however, the Aztecs have won three of the past five, including three consecutive in San Diego.

New Mexico has a 5-4 advantage in MWC games and has won 17 of the past 18 encounters in The Pit. UNM leads 21-4 all-time in Albuquerque and in The Pit.

Feb. 2 in San Diego: Playing without starting post David Chiotti and reserve guard Ryan Ashcraft due to injuries, the Lobos lost a tough one at San Diego State, 72-68. Aerick Sanders scored 27 points and added 10 rebounds as the Aztecs took control in the second half.

Trailing 65-53 with a little more than five minutes left, UNM went on a 13-3 run to close to 68-66 after Mark Walters converted a three-point play with 1:27 remaining. The Lobos had the ball twice trailing by three points in the closing minute but could not convert.

Sophomore Forward David Chiotti did not play in the Lobos' 72-68 loss to the Aztecs in San Diego on February 2.

On the strength of its 3-point shooting, UNM held a 38-31 lead late in the first half. The lead was 38-35 at the break. The Lobos went more than six minutes between baskets during a second-half drought as the Aztecs increased their lead to 12. Danny Granger led UNM with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Last year at Albuquerque: The Lobos withstood a late rally and got a career-high 17 points from Javin Tindall to earn a 66-62 victory. The Aztecs whittled a 13-point Lobo lead to one with 46 seconds to play, but a breakaway layup by Mark Walters and his subsequent interception of a San Diego State inbounds pass sealed the victory.

Tindall, who was 5-of-6 on 3-point attempts, wasn't the only Lobo to come up big. Ruben Douglas narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 21 points and hauling down a team-high nine rebounds.

The Lobos led for much of the first half, losing the lead momentarily at 14-13, but quickly regaining it. They bumped up the margin to 28-19 with more than four minutes to play before halftime and held a 37-30 advantage at the break.

The resilient Aztecs cut the lead to five at 37-32 in the second half but the Lobos kept pace, getting key 3-pointers from Tindall to take a 13-point lead at 59-46 with just under nine minutes to play. San Diego State then went on a 10-1 burst over the next 4:48 to again cut the deficit to 60-58. A timely three by Tindall made the score 63-58 but the Aztecs countered with four straight points to close the margin to 63-62 with 46.1 seconds remaining.

The Aztecs had a chance to take the lead, after a steal of a in-bounds pass. But on their possession, Mackell tried to find Burns underneath and the pass bounced off Burns? hands and out of bounds with 5.7 ticks left.

As the Aztecs tried to prevent Douglas from receiving the inbounds pass, Ashcraft found a streaking Walters down the floor for an easy layup, giving UNM a 65-62 advantage with 3.3 seconds to go. Walters then stole a two-thirds court pass intended for Burns, and sank one of two free throws with one tick left to put the game away.

HEAD COACH Ritchie McKay - Ritchie McKay is in his second season in charge of Lobo hoops and his eighth year as a collegiate head coach. He was named UNM's 18th head coach on March 28, 2002. McKay is the son of the late Joe McKay, who was a three-year letterman at guard for the Lobos from 1961-63.

McKay had previous stops at Portland State (1996-98), Colorado State (1998-2000) and Oregon State (2000-02). He has a career record of 106-118, 23-29 at New Mexico. McKay is 8-17 in conference games while at UNM, 8-4 at The Pit, 0-13 on the road. He is 3-2 against San Diego State, 1-0 in Albuquerque.

UTAH RECAP / NOTES - Utah broke open a close game with an 18-5 late in the first half, then coasted to a 73-43 victory over the Lobos. Nick Jacobson tied his career-high with 28 points, including six from beyond the arc. Andrew Bogut scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds and Tim Frost added 14 points as Utah shot 53 percent from the field, the Utes' best mark in their last 11 games.

Danny Granger led the Lobos with 12 points. Javin Tindall added 10 points for New Mexico, which shot a season-low 32.7% (16-49 from the floor.

* The 30-point loss is the Lobos' worse defeat of the season...it is the largest margin of since losing by 34 at Minnesota (96-62) in the first round of the NIT on March 13, 2002

* Utah shot 52.9% (27-51) from the floor...in 11 MWC games, opponents are shooting an unsettling 49.9% (266-533) from the field against UNM, including 53.3% (97-182) the past four games...the Lobos are allowing 50.6% shooting in eight road games this season

* The Lobos scored a season-low 22 points in the first half

* UNM shot 16-49 (32.7%) from the field, their worse FG% since going 18-57 (31.6%) last year against Southern Utah...the Lobos also had their worst FT% (7-17, 41.2%) since hitting 4-10 against Pepperdine last year

* After making 37 of 40 FTs in wins against Colorado State and Wyoming, the Lobos made just 18 of 35 (51%) on the Utah road trip.

* New Mexico is now 0-7 when trailing at halftime and 1-11 when being outshot by the opponent

*The five assists are the fewest since five against Northwestern State on November 25, 2002

* Walk-on guard Collins Ferris made his first career Lobo start on Monday at Utah...Ferris played a career-high 25 minutes, but did not score...Ferris has played 43 minutes the past two games, getting a career-high-tying 8 points at BYU...in UNM's first 22 games, Ferris played in 77 minutes in 15 games, scoring 25 points

* Danny Granger is taking a beating...at Utah, he received three stitches at halftime after getting cut close to the hairline above his right eye...later in the game, he took a blow to the mouth, but did not leave the game...Granger received a concussion from an inadvertent elbow at the end of the Wyoming game on Feb. 9 and had to be helped off the floor by teammates

HOT AT HOME - The Lobos are 13-3 at home and have won 11 of their past 12. UNM is winning by an average of 12.9 points in The Pit. In 12 of the 16 home games, New Mexico has never trailed.

IT''S RAINING 3s - The 3-point shot is definitely part of the Lobo arsenal. Through games of Feb. 23, New Mexico is averaging 8.75 treys a game to rank 1st in the MWC and 11th nationally out of 326 schools.

Javin Tindall's career 42.0% from 3-pt. range is 5th all-time at UNM.

* Javin Tindall is 2nd in the MWC, averaging 2.63 made a game, while Troy DeVries is 3rd (2.56) and Alfred Neale 8th at 1.50 a game. More tidbits about the 3-ball proficiency:

* Troy DeVries is shooting 44.7% (46-103) from the 3-point line, currently the 6th-highest single-season percentage in school history

* Javin Tindall ranks 5th all-time at UNM in career 3-point accuracy at 42.0% (116-276)...he is eight 3s from breaking into the top-10 for a single season...Tindall has 63

* The Lobos set a school record for 3-point accuracy against San Francisco State, making 72.2% (13-18) of their attempts...the previous best was 70% (7-10) against Wyoming on Feb. 6, 1992...UNM made 9 of 10 treys in the second half against the Gators

* The school record for 3s in a season is 301 set in 32 games in 1997-98...at 8.75 a game, the current Lobos are on 30-game pace for 263, which would rank No. 3 for a single season

* The single-season standard for 3-pt. FGs made per game is 9.67...the 1993-94 team made 300 in 31 games...last year's Lobos rank third at 7.9 (222 made in 28 games)

* The single-season mark for highest percentage is 43.4% (157-362) set in 1988-89...only one other team has converted better than 40%, the 1997-98 squad making 40.2% (301-748)...UNM is currently at 38.3%

* The 14 3-pointers at UNLV tie for the second-highest total by a Lobo team in a road game...UNM made 16 in a 79-72 victory at UTEP on Jan. 29, 1994, and it drilled 14 at Air Force on Jan. 8, 1994, an 80-54 triumph

* UNM has made at least one 3-pointer in 420 straight games...the last time it didn't was Jan. 3, 1991, missing on 8 attempts against Colorado State...since the 3-point shot became part of college basketball in 1986-87, the Lobos have made 10 or more 82 times...UNM's record in those games is 65-17

* The Lobos' streak of 420 games ranks as the 13th-longest streak in NCAA history...UNLV is first at more than 560 games...the Runnin? Rebels had made a 3 in every game since the shot became rule in 1986-87

* The Lobos have made 10 or more 10 times this season...UNM has drained 15 or more twice at home...the 1993-94 team accomplished that feat four times

* New Mexico made eight 3s before making its first 2-point basket of the game at San Diego State

* Eleven different Lobos have canned a 3-pointer this season

* UNM attempted a season-high 35 3-point attempts against San Diego, matching the third-most tries in school history...New Mexico also attempted 35 vs. New Mexico State on Dec. 13, 1996...UNM hit 15 of its attempts vs. USD, tying for eighth on the single-game list

* The Lobos hit a season-high 16 3-pointers in the win against Penn State, equaling the fourth best effort in school history...UNM last hit 16 versus Sacramento State on Dec. 19, 1998...the school record is 18 set against Holy Cross on Dec. 29, 1997