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New Mexico Loses To Northern Iowa, 66-60
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/23/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 24, 2010

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anthony James scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half as Northern Iowa defeated New Mexico 66-60 in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic on Thursday night.

The Panthers (9-3) made five free throws in the final 55 seconds, the last two by James, who was fouled after thwarting a New Mexico scoring chance with a defensive rebound.

A.J. Hardeman had 16 points and Dairese Gary 14 for the Lobos (10-2), whose eight-game winning streak ended. Gary scored New Mexico's last eight points, helping cut the deficit to 61-60 with a minute left.

James scored the Panthers' first 12 points of the second half, helping extend a three-point lead to 46-37 cushion. He had two 3-pointers during the run.

Kendall Williams had 11 points for New Mexico.

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