Jan. 17, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior Lindsey Arndt scored 14 points and senior Lauren McLeod added 11 off the bench to lead the University of New Mexico to a 65-43 victory over Air Force in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams this afternoon at Clune Arena. New Mexico (9-5, 1-0) limited Air Force (3-11, 0-1) to just 31 percent shooting from the floor to secure its 14th straight victory over the Falcons. The Lobos also improved to 4-1 all-time in MWC road openers.
New Mexico got out of the gate quickly, leading by as many as 13 in the first half, but was unable to put the Falcons away. Air Force forced 10 Lobo turnovers and trailed just 29-22 at the half.
Air Force closed to within six, 34-28, at the 16:02 mark of the second half before going ice cold from the floor and the free throw line. UNM outscored the Falcons 15-5 over the next nine minutes as Air Force hit just one field goal and 3-8 free throw attempts. New Mexico cleaned up its act in the second half, committing just two turnovers and outscoring the Falcons 36-21 over the final 20 minutes.
After shooting only 36.2 percent from the field and 17.8 percent from beyond the arc en route to a 1-2 record in its first three road games, New Mexico was more efficient on Saturday. The Lobos shot 43.8 percent (21-48) from the floor and knocked down 8-22 (36.4%) from three-point range, including three by McLeod. Air Force, meanwhile, connected on just 4-18 (22.2%) from beyond the arc and 9-20 (45%) from the free throw line.
New Mexico travels to Provo, Utah on Thursday, Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. game with BYU before taking on Utah on Sunday, Jan. 25 in front of an ESPN2 national television audience. Tip-off from the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City is scheduled for 1 p.m.