Dec 30, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Danny Granger scored 26 points and Javin Tindall hit six 3-pointers to lead New Mexico to an 82-63 win over Penn State in the championship game of the Lobo Invitational Monday night.
New Mexico (7-3) won its fifth straight and captured its holiday tournament for the 27th time in the 39-year-history of the nations fifth oldest in-season tournament.
New Mexico hit a season-high 16 3-pointers from a season-high 32 attempts. Tindall, who scored 20 points, matched his season high of 3s.
Seven-footer Jan Jagla scored 22 points to lead the Nittany Lions (5-5). Marlon Smith added 17.
Jagla, held scoreless through the first 15 minutes, scored 16 points in the final 5:06 of the first half to get Penn State within 42-33.
Penn State never led in the game after Tindall connected for four straight 3-pointers. His last two came in the midst of an 11-0 run that put the Lobos in front 17-4. A 3-pointer by Alfred Neale gave the Lobos a 33-15 lead with 5:56 left in the opening half.
Jagla's scoring burst got the Nittany Lions back into the game and Penn State got within 46-41 early in the second half after DeForrest Riley-Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers and Smith hit a short jumper.
Granger hit two free throws and Troy DeVries connected on a 3-pointer but the Nittany Lions countered with a basket by Ben Luber and a Smith layup.
New Mexico then pulled away with a 13-0 run that included consecutive 3-pointers by Granger, DeVries and Tindall.
The five straight wins is New Mexico's longest streak since it won eight straight during the 2001-02 season.