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Post Game Notes
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Release:  02/23/2011

Feb. 23, 2011

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New Mexico vs. UNLV - Postgame Notes
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 * Albuquerque, N.M.

  • New Mexico loses in overtime to UNLV 77-74...UNM is 17-11 overall, 5-8 in the Mountain West Conference and has lost 4 in a row...the 4 losses have been decided by a total of 17 points

  • UNM has lost 4 straight games for the first time since dropping the final 5 games of the 2006-07 season

  • The Lobos have lost 4 straight conference games for the first time since losing the last 4 games of the 2006-07 MWC season

  • New Mexico trailed 51-36 with 14:08 left in the game, but regained the lead at 66-65, its first lead since 20-18

  • In the MWC this season, UNM is 0-6 in games decided by 6 points or less

  • UNLV is 14-of-30 from 3-point against the Lobos this season, or 46.7%...the Runnin' Rebels came into tonight's game shooting 30.5% from 3-point in all games, 27.1% in MWC contests

  • UNM shot 27.8% (5-18) from 3-point...the past 5 games, the Lobos have shot 27.2% (25-92) from 3-point

  • Tonight's attendance was 15,346...average attendance for 15 home games 14,848...it's UNM's highest season average since 15,186 in 2002-03

  • UNM has made a 3-pointer in 651 consecutive games...the last time it didn't was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

Head coach Steve Alford

  • Coached his 621st career game
  • 401-220 in his 20-year coaching career
  • 93-37 in his 4th season at New Mexico
  • 21-7 in February games while at UNM
  • 23-6 in 2nd half of MWC regular season while at UNM
  • 44-24 in his coaching career against MWC teams
  • 42-19 in regular season MWC games while at UNM
  • 61-8 in all home games at UNM, 25-6 in MWC home games
  • 3-5 in his career against UNLV, 2-2 at Albuquerque

Senior G Dairese Gary

  • Made his 125th consecutive start, the longest current streak in the nation
  • Career-high 26 points, plus 6 assists and 3 steals in all 45 minutes despite turning his left ankle late in the 1st half
  • Tied Kelvin Scarborough (1984-87) for 6th place all-time at UNM with 130 career games played and tied David Gibson (1995-98) for 3rd place with 125 career starts
  • UNM Career Rankings: 15th with 1,380 career points, 3rd with 505 FTs made, 3rd with 673 FTs attempted, 5th with 533 assists and 8th with 159 steals
  • UNM is 8-11 this year when he scores in double figures, 9-0 when he does not

Junior F Drew Gordon

  • 9th double-double of the season - 8th in 13 MWC games - with 15 points and 14 rebounds

Junior G Phillip McDonald

  • 11 points for his first game in double figures since scoring 11 against BYU on Jan. 29
  • Had averaged 5.8 points the previous 5 games before tonight
  • 2 3s in a game for the first time since making 6 against TCU on Jan. 26
  • 8 rebounds, the most since pulling down 10 at New Mexico State Dec. 4
  • Played a career-high 40 minutes

Junior F A.J. Hardeman

  • 11 points off the bench, just his second game in double figures in his past 15 games
  • Had scored just 9 points - all against San Diego State - in his previous 3 games before tonight
  • Made 7-7 FTs, a career-high for FTs made in a game
  • Came into tonight's game as a 47.8% career FT shooter

Freshman G Kendall Williams

  • 6 points, 3 assists and 1 steal in 34 minutes
  • 44 steals ties for 2nd-most by a Lobo freshman and is just 4 from passing Phil Smith's record of 47 set in 1980-91
  • 310 points ranks No. 7 for a season by a Lobo freshman
  • 122 assists on the season is the 3rd-highest total by a UNM freshman

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