Dec. 22, 2003
With the win, New Mexico ended its three-game slide against the Aggies. New Mexico State was also denied its third sweep in the past five years with tonight's loss.
New Mexico is 3-2 when facing New Mexico State on Dec. 22. The game marked the 99th anniversary of the inaugural battle dating back to Dec. 22, 1904, which New Mexico won, 21-9. The last time the Lobos and Aggies squared off on Dec. 22, New Mexico took the 57-51 win in 1983.
The Lobos avenged their 19-point loss at New Mexico State on Dec. 3, with their 15-point win in The Pit tonight. The last time there was a double-digit win by both teams in the same season dates back to the 1998-99 season. New Mexico had an 11-point win on Jan. 2, 1999 and New Mexico State won the second game of the season by 21 points on Jan. 19, 1999.
New Mexico State's 19 first half points are the third lowest an opponent has put up against the Lobos this season. It is the second consecutive game New Mexico has held its opponent under 20 points in the first half after Sunday's 17 point first half performance by Coppin State. The last time New Mexico held three opponents to less than 20 first half points was the 1996-97 season when the Lobos held Eastern Washington to 15, Jackson State to 17, and BYU to 18 first half points.
Junior Danny Granger and sophomore David Chiotti picked up double-doubles against New Mexico State. Granger had 22 points and 16 rebounds while Chiotti had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The last time two Lobos had a double-double in the same game was Feb. 22, 2003 at UNLV when Ruben Douglas had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamaal Williams scored 25 points and grabbed15 rebounds.
The Lobos were 6-22 from behind the 3-pt. Line, extending their streak to 404 consecutive games hitting a three pointer. It is the 11th longest streak in Division I. The last time the Lobos failed to hit a three pointer was Jan. 3, 1991 against Colorado State.