Dec. 23, 2008
New Mexico improved to 38-1 in its last 39 non-conference home games...UNM is 7-1 in The Pit this season
Tonight was the 201st game in a series that started almost 104 years to the day on Dec. 22, 1904...New Mexico now has a 107-94 lead and has won 7 of the past 10, including 6 in a row in The Pit where they are 31-13 all-time against the Aggies.
UNM currently leads the 2008-09 Rio Grande Rivalry series 12 to 3 after winning 1.5 points tonight
New Mexico led for all but the first 35 seconds of the game (2-0)...NMSU closed to within 3 (49-46) with 10:47 to play and were down 60-55 with 5:58 left in the game...the Lobos, however, outscored the Aggies 16-7 the rest of the way to win by a game-high 14-point margin.
New Mexico held a 41-25 (+16) rebound advantage and improved to 6-2 this season when winning the battle of the boards
The Lobos improved to 8-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents (+2 tonight, 11-13)...UNM had just 2 turnovers in the 2nd half
After hitting just 2-9 threes in the 1st half, UNM went 6-11 in the 2nd half
New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 594 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State
Senior Tony Danridge
Game-high 22 points along with a career-high 7 rebounds 3rd game with 20+ points this year and 7th time in his career...has now scored in double figures in his last 6 games, averaging 16.8 in that span...his career-best is 8 consecutive games with 10+ points during the 2006-07 season UNM is 5-1 when he leads them in scoring this season 19 rebounds in his last 3 games (6.3 avg.)...averaged just 3.1 in his first 10 games of the year Tied his career-high for the 5th time with a pair of 3-pointers (2-3)...entered the night 2-9 from beyond the arc this season
Junior Roman Martinez
One rebound shy of his 3rd double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 9 rebounds It was his career-best 5th-straight game scoring in double figures and 9th game with 10+ this season...he is averaging 14.4 points in the past 5 games...entering this season he had never had more than 2 consecutive games with 10 points or more Also tied his season-high with 4 assists
Senior Chad Toppert
Scored 11 points and was 2-6 from 3-point range - all in the 2nd half - to move into sole possession of 3rd place on the UNM all-time 3-pointer list (220)...15-27 from 3-point range in 6 career games vs. New Mexico State and 11-18 from beyond the arc in his last 3 games against NMSU...UNM is 6-2 this season when he scores at least 10 points
True Freshman Phillip McDonald
12 points, including 9 in the 2nd half, on 4-5 shooting...matched his season-high with 3 three-pointers on 4 attempts...29 points in his last 2 games and double figures in 3 of his last 4 games.