Lobos Easily Handle Bonnies, 81-54
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/17/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 17, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -Jamaal Smith and Darren Prentice each scored 14 points, and New Mexico had no trouble with another overmatched visitor at The Pit, beating St. Bonaventure 81-54 on Saturday night.

J.R. Giddens, who transferred from Kansas after the 2005-06 season, had a solid line for the Lobos (4-0): 11 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, no turnovers and one blocked shot in 25 minutes.

Johnnie Harris added 11 points and New Mexico shot 46.4 percent on 3-pointers (13-of-28), facing little resistance from the Bonnies (2-2). The Lobos beat Presbyterian 88-57 on Friday, four nights after beating Eastern Washington 92-57.

Zarryon Fereti led St. Bonaventure with 20 points and Michael Lee added 12.

The Bonnies were the most athletic team New Mexico has faced early in the season, and for a brief time it caused the Lobos a few problems.

St. Bonaventure was getting back on defense through the first six minutes, limiting New Mexico's ability to run. But just like that, the Lobos struck with a 9-0 run, with Prentice hitting two 3-pointers.

That made it 23-13 midway through the first half, and New Mexico scored the final seven points of the period to lead 40-26 at the break.

Giddens kept the momentum going to start the second half, swishing a 3-pointer and, later, leaping for a rebound that led to the second of consecutive 3-pointers by Smith for a 51-31 lead. It forced a St. Bonaventure timeout with 16:52 remaining.

Moments later, Giddens collected a rebound and threw a fullcourt pass ahead to Jonathan Wills for a layup that made it 53-31.

The Lobos made it 62-38 on Roman Martinez's steal and putback and 3-pointers by Prentice and Dairese Gary.