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Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/19/2008

March 19, 2008

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Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
New Mexico at Cal
MasterCard NIT
March 19, 2008, Berkeley, Calif.

  • New Mexico loses a 68-66 nailbiter at Cal in the 1st round of the MasterCard NIT...New Mexico ends its season at 24-9 while the Bears improve to 17-15
  • The Lobos had been 21-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points
  • New Mexico trailed 37-24 with 1:45 left in the 1st half, but eventually tied the score at 53-all and it was 66-66 in the final minute of the game
  • UNM's undoing was at the foul line where it started just 2 of 9 and finished 9 of 20, or 45%, which is the worst accuracy of the 2007-08 season
  • The Lobos also shot just 28% (7-25) from the 3-point line...they came into the game leading the nation in 3-point shooting at 42.5%...UNM finishes the season at 42%, the second-highest in school history
  • Cal's Ryan Anderson scored 26 points, the most against New Mexico this season
  • UNM is now 16-18 in 17 NIT appearances, 0-6 on the road
  • Senior J.R. Giddens

  • 26 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and 3rd in the last 4 games
  • also had 6 assists and 2 steals in 39 minutes
  • 54 points, 30 rebounds and 7 assists in his final 2 collegiate games
  • averaged 22.6 points and 9.5 rebounds in his final 11 games at UNM
  • finished his senior season with 537 points (16.3 ppg), 290 rebounds (8.8 rpg), 103 assists, 47 steals and 39 blocks
  • Junior Chad Toppert

  • 1 of 3 from 3-point
  • 85 3-pointers this season, the same amount he had last year, which ranks 7th for a single-season at UNM
  • No. 1 all-time at UNM at 45.6% (184-403) from 3-point
  • Senior Jamaal Smith

  • finishes his career 7th all-time at UNM in FT shooting at 80.2% (158-197)
Saturday, December 20
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at New Mexico State
Tuesday, December 23
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at Grand Canyon
Wednesday, December 31
5:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. Fresno State
Saturday, January 03
6:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. Colorado State (Alumni Day)
Tuesday, January 06
9:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at San Diego State
Saturday, January 10
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
at Utah State
Wednesday, January 14
7:00 PM - 
Men's Basketball
vs. Air Force
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