New Mexico vs. Colorado State Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/13/2011

Jan. 13, 2011

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New Mexico vs. Colorado State | Postgame Notes
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 * Albuquerque, N.M.

* New Mexico beats Colorado State 68-61...the Lobos improve to 13-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference

* UNM used its 4th different starting lineup of the season

* A few Lobo winning streaks were extended tonight:

-- 16 straight wins in The Pit
-- 8 straight MWC wins in The Pit
-- 8 straight wins over Colorado State

* New Mexico has a 39-5 series lead over Colorado State in The Pit

* UNM outrebounded CSU 46-29...the Rams' first individual rebound came at the 10:59 mark of the 1st half

* The Lobos made 14 of their last 15 FTs, and 80% (20-25) for the game

* UNM had 9 blocks, the most for a Steve Alford-coached Lobo team, and the highest total since 10 against New Mexico Highlands on Nov. 24, 2003

* Attendance was 14,303...average attendance for nine home games in 2010-11 is 14,672

Head coach Steve Alford
* Coached his 610th career game tonight
* 397-213 in his 20-year coaching career
* 89-30 in his 4th season at New Mexico
* 40-17 in his coaching career against MWC teams
* 39-15 in all MWC games while at UNM
* 58-5 in The Pit overall, 22-3 against MWC competition

Junior G Phillip McDonald
* Came off the bench for the first time in his Lobo career after starting 81 games
* Tied a career-high with 27 points; he had 27 last year at New Mexico State
* The 27 points ties for the 4th-most by a Lobo reserve; the record is 29 points by Larry Belin at Utah on Jan. 11, 1979
* Set career-highs for FGs attempted (18) and FTs made (7)
* UNM is 10-0 this season when he scores in double figures

Junior F Drew Gordon
* Made his first career start at UNM, and the 7th of his collegiate career; he started the first six games of the 2009-10 season at UCLA
* Got his 2nd double-double of the season 2 minutes into the 2nd half; finished with a season-high 15 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, a career-high 2 steals and 2 blocks

Senior G Dairese Gary
* Made his 114th consecutive start tonight, the longest current streak in the nation
* Scoreless (0-5 FGs) for only the 3rd time in his 119-game career; it also happened in his first Lobo game at Colorado (11-9-07) and the first game of his junior season against Cal Riverside (11-14-09)
* 471 career assists, tying Wyoming's Brandon Ewing for 2nd place in Mountain West Conference history
* 9 assists from becoming the MWC's career leader (San Diego State's Richie Williams had 479 from 2006-09)

Freshman G Kendall Williams
* 10 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 0 turnovers in 32 minutes * 5th time in the past 9 games that he has had at least 6 more assists than turnovers * Continues to lead the MWC in assist/turnover ratio at 2.61 (81 to 31); ratio is 52-13 (a 4-1 ratio) the past 9 games

Sophomore G/F Chad Adams
* Made his first career start in his 48th game as a Lobo

Freshman C Alex Kirk
* Had a career-high 4 blocks to go along with 9 points and 3 rebounds

Junior F A.J. Hardeman
* Had started 51 straight games before coming off the bench tonight