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Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2009

Feb. 21, 2009

Recap |  Box Score |  Quotes |  Feb. 21 - Lobos vs. San Diego State 

Final Score: New Mexico 75, San Diego State 49
Records: New Mexico 17-10, 8-4 MWC; San Diego State 18-7, 8-4 MWC.

• New Mexico ends a 3-game losing streak to San Diego State in The Pit, while handing the Aztecs their worst loss of the season

• For the 5th time in 6 conference home games, New Mexico held an opponent to its lowest point total of the season

• The 26-point victory margin is UNM's largest over SDSU since a 78-49 win in Albuquerque on Feb. 26, 2000

• San Diego State's only leads today were 2-0 and 4-3

• The Lobos ended the 1st half on a 9-0 run to take a 40-29 halftime lead, which is San Diego State's largest halftime deficit of the season

• UNM connected on its last 6 shots of the 1st half, shooting 54% (14-26) in the first 20 minutes

• Senior Tony Danridge (16) and junior Roman Martinez (14) combined for 30 of the Lobos' 40 points in the 1st half...they made 11 of 14 FGs, 4-6 from 3-point by Martinez and 4-5 FTs by Danridge

• UNM shot 50% (26-52) from the floor, 63% (10-16) from 3-point and 87% (13-15) from the FT line...5 different Lobos made a 3-pointer today

• New Mexico's starting five scored 63 points, making 21-37 FGs (57%), 8-12 from 3-point (67%), 13-15 FTs (87%), plus 16 assists and just 4 turnovers

• New Mexico had a 35-25 rebounding edge...the Lobos were outrebounded by San Diego State 31-27 Jan. 21 at Cox Arena

• The winning team in this series has reached 70 points in each of the past 14 games

• New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 608 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

Steve Alford has posted 41 wins in his first two seasons as New Mexico head coach...a look at the most wins by Lobo head coaches in their first two seasons:

Norm Ellenberger431973-74
Dave Bliss421989-90
Steve Alford412008-09

• UNM's 8 conference wins have been by an average of 18.5 points while their 4 losses - all on the road at UNLV, San Diego State, Utah and BYU - have been by a combined 19 points, or 4.8 points

• The Lobos are 6-0 in home conference games this season...a look at the numbers in the 6 home games:

OpponentResultOpp. FG
Air ForceW, 78-5318-46, .391
BYUW, 81-6221-54, .389
Colorado StateW, 68-5016-35, .457
WyomingW, 86-5717-48, .354
UNLVW, 73-69 (OT)23-58, .397
San Diego StateW, 75-4918-49, .367
Averages76.8-56.7113-290, .389

• UNM head coach Steve Alford is 29-4 all-time in The Pit, 12-2 in MWC games

• Only twice in the past 32 games has an opponent made 50% of its FG tries against the Lobos...San Diego State hit an even 50% (23-46) on Jan. 21 and Air Force converted 52% (22-42) on Feb. 11

• The Lobos are 12-1 this season - with 12 consecutive wins - when junior Roman Martinez plays more than 30 minutes in a game...the only loss was at Creighton on Nov. 16

• The Lobos have won 31 straight games when allowing less than 60 points, and they are 51-2 in such games since 2004-05...the last loss was 51-46 at Air Force on Feb. 22, 2006

Senior Tony Danridge
• a game-high 25 points, which is 1 short of his career-high set against UNLV on Feb. 7
• 16 points in the 1st half on 6-7 FGs and 4-5 FTs
• averaged 21 points a game in his last 4 games
• 1,137 career points, 9 from passing David Chiotti for 20th on the UNM scoring list

Junior Roman Martinez
• 17 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor and 5-8 from 3-point
• tied a career-high by making 5 3s
• 14 points in the 1st half on 5-7 FGs and 4-6 from 3-point
• scored UNM's first 8 points of the game on a pair of 3-pointers

Sophomore Dairese Gary
• scored 9 points, plus 5 assists and 1 turnover in 23 minutes
• has 20 assists and 3 turnovers in the last 5 games

Senior Chad Toppert
• 8 points, giving him 993 for his career
• 2 of 3 from 3-point, connecting on his 250th career 3 in the first half

Senior Daniel Faris
• just 2 points, but a game-high 10 rebounds for his team-high 4th game this season with double-figure rebounds
• had 3 blocks for the 2nd straight game to pass Danny Granger for 7th place on the Lobos' career list with 92

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7:00 PM - 
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vs. Western New Mexico (Exhibition)
Friday, November 07
7:00 PM - 
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vs. Adams State (Exhibition)
Friday, November 14
8:00 PM - 
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vs. Idaho State
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7:00 PM - 
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