Jan. 9, 2004
With the victory, New Mexico moves to 9-4 on the season, including 9-2 at home...after a 2-2 start, the Lobos have won 7 straight in The Pit, the best home winning streak since taking seven in a row from Dec. 1, 2001-Jan. 5., 2002...Cornell fell to 1-5 on the road this season as UNM improved to 13-0 all-time against Ivy League opponents...last year the Lobos won their 9th game on Feb. 17, the 22nd game of the season...UNM was 10-18 last year.
Unlike the previous 6 homes games, New Mexico was unable to shake Cornell in the first 20 minutes, never gaining a double-digit lead on the Big Red...the two teams combined to shoot 39.6% (21-53) and had 18 turnovers in the first half... UNM led by just 5 points at the break after leading by an average of 17.3 points in its last 6 home games...New Mexico also hit 10-25 (40%) from the floor in the first period after shooting 50.3% (84-167) from the floor in the first half of the previous 6 home games.
UNM's 32 first half points were tied for the fewest in 10 home games this season...the Lobos took a 32-29 lead into the half against Texas Tech on Dec. 6...UNM endured a scoring drought of 4:14 and went 6:08 without a field goal, yet allowed only two Cornell baskets in that span...New Mexico has led at half in all 11 home games this season.
The Lobos overcame their rocky start by shooting 60.9% from the floor in the second half to hit 50% (24-48) for the game...UNM is 6-0 on the year when shooting 50% or better...despite the improved overall shooting, UNM actually got worse from the free throw line in the second half, hitting 9 of its last 17 after a 10-10 start.
New Mexico still has not trailed at any point during its 7-game home winning streak since dropping a 67-58 game to Texas Tech on Dec. 6...Cornell was down just 3 as late as the 17:43 mark of the second half before being outscored 14-5 by the Lobos over the next five minutes.
For just the second time this year, New Mexico's opponent made and attempted more three-pointers...Coppin State was the last to do it, hitting 12-30 from beyond the arc compared to 11-22 by New Mexico.
UNM forward David Chiotti had his best scoring output in 7 games since tallying a career-high 24 vs. Sacramento State...Chiotti distributed the ball as well, notching a career-high 5 assists vs. Cornell.
Lobo forward Danny Granger notched his team-leading 4th double-double of the year, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds...he has logged 3 straight double-doubles.
The UNM starting frontline of Chiotti, Granger and Alfred Neale tallied a combined 48 points and 23 rebounds compared to a total of 17 points and 13 rebounds by the Cornell starting frontcourt of Stevan Marcetic, Lenny Collins and Eric Taylor...New Mexico outscored Cornell 30-18 in the paint and held a 36-25 rebounding advantage...the Lobos are now 6-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent.
New Mexico's starters each played 30+ minutes for the first time this year...the Lobos had 4 players score in double figures for the fourth time this year...4 starters have scored in double figures in 3 straight home games.
Cornell point guard Ka'Ron Barnes finished with a game-high 28 points, the most by any visiting player in The Pit this season and two off his career-high...Barnes, who took 41% of the Big Red's shots, tied a career-high with 4 threes on the night, all coming in the second half...he also surpassed the 20-point mark for the 7th time in the last 8 games.
The Big Red backcourt duo of Barnes and Cody Toppert teamed for 48 points, 11 above their combined season average...they also shot a combined 10-24 (41.7%) from 3-point range.