March 17, 2009
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NIT First Round The University of New Mexico is in the postseason for the 29th time
New Mexico is now 17-18 all-time in the NIT, including a 14-6 mark in The Pit where it has won 9 straight...the last loss was to St. Louis in the 1989 quarterfinals...the Lobos advance to the 2nd round where they will face Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. on Thursday, March 19 (5 p.m. tip-off Mountain Time, live on ESPN2)
New Mexico and Notre Dame will be meeting for the first time...Steve Alford, who was born in Franklin, Ind., is also facing the Irish for the first time in his head coaching career...he did play against Notre Dame during his collegiate career at Indiana University
UNM sophomore G Dairese Gary is from Elkhart, Ind., and was a 2007 graduate of Concord HS
The Lobos have won 6 of their last 7 games, 9 of 11 and are 11-3 since Jan. 24.
The Lobos are 39-2 in their last 41 non-conference home games...the losses came this season against Central Florida and UTEP...this was the first meeting between New Mexico and Nebraska.
New Mexico's 83 points were the most Nebraska allowed all season...Kansas State's 77 was the previous high by a Husker opponent...Nebraska entered the night allowing just 59.6 points a game (1st in the Big 12 and 17th nationally)...none of Nebraska's nationally ranked foes this season put up more than 72 points (Oklahoma on Jan. 21)
New Mexico returned to its season-long form from beyond the arc, hitting 8-15 (53.3%)...the leader in the MWC in 3-point shooting most of the season, UNM had connected on just 24% (14-58) the past 3 games, including a 3-23 performance in its loss to Wyoming in the first round of the MWC Tournament.
UNM also rediscovered its stifling defense, holding Nebraska to 21-57 (36.8%) shooting, including 7-24 from 3-point range (29.2%)...also the leader in FG% defense most of the season, opponents had hit 51.6% (63-122) of their shots in the previous 3 games, including 48% (24-50) from 3-point
The Lobos have made 49 of 61 FTs (80.3%) the past 2 games and are above 70% accuracy for only the second time this season...UNM was at 70.8% after the first game of the year...the Lobos are currently at 70.5% after converting 77% (81-105) the past 4 games
UNM held a +17 rebounding advantage (41-24), matching a season-high (vs. Grambling State and Ole Miss)...the Cornhuskers entered the game having been out-rebounded by 6.3 a game
The Pit / Bob King Court, Albuquerque, N.M.
Final Score: New Mexico 83, Nebraska 71
Records: New Mexico 22-11; Nebraska 18-13.
Senior Daniel Faris
- Career-high 28 points on 10-17 shooting - also career-highs...previous best was 21 at Hawai'I last year...2nd time over 20 points this season and 3rd time in his career...averaged 10.3 points in his last 3 outings
- Also tied a career-high with 13 rebounds (at San Diego on Dec. 10, 2008) for his fourth career double-double (all this season)...had double-doubles in his final 2 home games (16/10 vs. Utah)
Senior Tony Danridge
- 18 points tonight...has averaged 20.2 points in the past 10 games.
- Passed Marvin Johnson (1,246) to move into 16th on the UNM career scoring list at 1,255
- 8-8 from the FT stripe tonight and is shooting 83% (48-58) from the FT line the past 8 games
Senior Chad Toppert
- 15 points and was 3-8 from 3-point range...snapped an 0-17 slide from beyond the arc, hitting his first attempt at the 8:45 mark of the first half...was 0-15 his previous 2 games - both away from The Pit against Wyoming...shot 43% (49-114) from 3-point in 18 home games this year
Freshman Phillip McDonald
- Scored 9 points, including 3-3 from 3-point range...had scored just 2 total points (1-11 FGs) the previous 4 games combined...he was 2-6 from beyond the arc in the last 7 games