Dec. 30, 2008
The Lobos are 2-2 in true road games this year, and 10-8 in head coach Steve Alford
s tenure at New Mexico...in the 5 seasons before Alford, UNM had an 8-43 record in road games...UNM went 8-6 in 2007-08, tying a school record.
Tonight was the 202nd game in a series that started on Dec. 22, 1904...New Mexico now has a 108-94 lead and has won 8 of the past 11, including 6 in a row in The Pit
It is the first win in Las Cruces since an 84-66 win on Dec. 4, 2004
UNM's last season sweep of New Mexico State was 2004.
UNM currently leads the 2008-09 Rio Grande Rivalry series 13.5 to 3 after winning 1.5 points tonight
The next round of the rivalry is set for Jan. 28 in Las Cruces when the women's swimming & diving teams face off.
New Mexico held a 37-32 (+5) rebound advantage and improved to 7-2 this season when winning the battle of the boards.
New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 595 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State.
New Mexico tied its season-high with 20 turnovers.
The Lobos only made two field goals in last 10:52 after Chad Toppert's three gave UNM a 52-44 lead, matching biggest UNM lead in the game.
UNM held NMSU's leading scorer Jahmar Young to a season-low 7 points on 2-10 field goals.
The Lobos made 12 of their last 14 free throws in the game.
Senior Daniel Faris
Recorded the first double-double of his career with 17 points and 11 rebounds
One of his best free throw shooting nights of season, making 9 of 10
Career-highs of 9 free throws made (previous mark was 7 vs. Southeast Missouri earlier this season) and 7 offensive boards (previous mark was 6 vs. North Carolina A&T in 2006-07)
Just second double-digit rebounding night of his career.
Junior Roman Martinez
With 16 points and 6 rebounds against NMSU, is averaging 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over past 6 games
Has scored in double figures in 5 of last 6 games.
Freshman Nate Garth
Only three-pointer of the night came at 12:32 in the second half to give UNM its biggest lead of the game, 49-41.