UNM Men's Basketball Cruises Past Eastern New Mexico, 94-50
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/02/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 2, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico men's basketball defeated Eastern New Mexico, 94-50, Friday night inside The Pit. The Lobos had six players score in double-figures including a team-high 15 points by junior Daniel Faris. UNM opened exhibition play under new head coach Steve Alford and played in front of 11,980 fans. It was the largest crowd for an exhibition game in three years.

UNM jumped out to an early 19-4 lead and never looked back. The Lobos largest first half lead was 22 at the 5:10 mark. Freshman Jonathan Wills shined in his first collegiate action scoring his entire 11 points in the first half. UNM entered halftime with a 45-30 lead.

The Lobos continued to apply pressure defensively in the second half holding the Greyhounds to only 20 points. UNM connected on 16-of-28 from the field in the second period scoring 49 points and routing ENMU, 94-50.

Junior Chad Toppert led the Lobos with 10 rebounds and finished with six points. Faris was 4-of-5 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. UNM finished game shooting 47.6 percent from the field and behind the arch.

ENMU was held to 25.9 percent shooting and was led by senior Justin Redman-Trotter's game-high 19 points.

The Lobos outrebounded the Greyhounds', 56-31, and every Lobo player managed to log at least 12 minutes in the game.

The Lobos open the regular-season Nov. 9 at Colorado starting at 7 p.m. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.