Jan. 27, 2004
With the 65-63 victory, New Mexico improved to 11-6 on the year and 2-2 in MWC play...the Lobos surpassed their overall win total from last year (10-18) and wins at home (10-7).
UNM earned its first home sweep of Utah and BYU since the 1999-2000 season and snapped a 4-game losing streak to the Cougars...BYU, meanwhile, drops to 12-6 on the season and 1-3 in MWC games...the Cougars have now lost back-to-back games for the second time this year and are 2-4 in their last 6 games...UNM has now won 9 of its last 10 in The Pit with the only setback being to league-leading Air Force.
The Lobos had been 1-4 in games decided by 9 points or less coming into tonight's game.
The Lobos used a different starting lineup tonight after utilizing the quintet of David Chiotti, Danny Granger, Alfred Neale, Troy DeVries and Javin Tindall for the previous 10 games ... sophomore guard Mark Walters replaced Tindall who had started 16 consecutive games before tonight.
New Mexico hit just 2 of its 10 first half 3-point attempts after canning 5 of 9 in the first 10 minutes in Saturday's game vs. Utah...UNM knocked down 4-9 (44.4%) in the second half, including Javin Tindall's second three of the night to give UNM a 63-61 lead with 15 seconds remaining...coming into tonight's game, Tindall was 1 of 9 from 3-point in his past 3 games.
Danny Granger had a season-high six blocks on the night, one shy of his career high... the last Lobo to have more than six blocks in a game was Wayland White who had eight vs. Alcorn State on Nov. 27, 2000...Granger also had career-highs of 13 free throws and 16 free throw attempts.
The game featured 16 lead changes and 12 ties, including 10 and 7, respectively, in the second half...BYU led by as many as 6 in the first half, 21-15, at the 8:37 mark of the first half...New Mexico led by four (55-51) as late as 4:43 remaining in the game on a pair of Danny Granger free throws...the Lobos' two-point win was its smallest margin of victory this year...the previous best was a 9-point win over Cornell on Jan. 9.