Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/05/2008

Jan. 5, 2008

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New Mexico at Wyoming
Jan. 5, 2008 • Laramie, Wyo.

• Trailing Wyoming 48-32 at halftime, New Mexico rallied to beat the Cowboys 99-92 in double overtime for its 7th straight win overall and 3rd consecutive road triumph...New Mexico improves to 14-2 (1-0 MWC) for only the 2nd time in the past 9 seasons...the Lobos started 14-2 in 2004-05...the last 15-2 start was 16-2 in 1998-99

• New Mexico needs 1 victory to match last year's total (15-17)

• UNM staged the largest second-half comeback in a road game in school history, and it's the 5th biggest rally overall...New Mexico's largest comeback ever was Jan. 15, 1993 at Hawai'i when it came back from 20 points (31-11) to win 61-58

• New Mexico snapped a 10-game losing streak to Wyoming in Laramie...the last win was 62-61 on Feb. 18, 1995...in that game 13 years ago, the Lobos trailed the Cowboys 30-12 with 3:26 left in the first half

• UNM is 4-2 away from home and has won 3 straight road games for the first time since the 2000-01 season (at New Mexico State, Gonzaga and San Diego State)

• The Lobos have won 4 road games this season, surpassing their total from the past two seasons when they went 3-19...it's the most road wins since going 5-5 in 2004-05

• New Mexico has won 3 straight uninterrupted road games for the first time since 1989 (at Wyoming, Hawaii and San Diego State)

• After winning at UTEP in overtime on Wednesday, the Lobos have won consecutive games decided by OT for the first time in school history

• Five of the Lobos' last 14 Mountain West Conference games have gone into overtime...UNM is 2-3 in those games

• Wyoming led 48-32 at halftime, the most points UNM has allowed in the first half this year...Ole Miss led 47-30 on Dec. 1

• The Lobos made a season-high 14 3-pointers, including 11 of 21 (52%) after halftime

• After making 8 of 14 treys in the 1st half, Wyoming was just 5 of 22 (23%) after halftime

• The Lobos' current 7-game winning streak began Dec. 8 when Chad Toppert and Roman Martinez were inserted into the starting lineup...UNM is 7-0 with the starting quintet of Martinez, Toppert, Daniel Faris, Dairese Gary and J.R. Giddens


Senior Jamaal Smith
• scored a career-high 24 points, making 6-10 FGs, 3-5 3s and 9-10 FTs
• scored 22 points after halftime, including 11 in the second overtime
• added 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a career-high 2 blocks...he had 1 career block before today

Junior Chad Toppert
• had 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the 2nd straight game
• scored 16 points after halftime, making 5 of 6 3-pointers, and a FT
• had a career-high 5 assists
• his 3-point season accuracy is 48.3% (43-89) while his career percentage of 45.07% (142-315) is 1st all-time at UNM...Troy DeVries is 2nd at 44.95%
• has 142 3-pointers in his career, 10th all-time at UNM

Senior J.R. Giddens
• scored 16 points and had 8 rebounds before fouling out in the 2nd overtime
• made his first shot (a 3-pointer), then missed his next 8 before tying the game at 71-all with a 3-pointer
• scored 11 points in the final 1:19 of regulation and in overtime

Junior Daniel Faris
• scored 13 points (and had 8 rebounds) for his 5th straight game in double figures...averaged 13.4 points over the past 5 games
• played a career-high 40 minutes, eclipsing his previous high of 32 set against UTEP on Wednesday