Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/02/2004

Feb. 2, 2004

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The Lobos lose their 22nd straight road game, their 23rd in a row away from Albuquerque, including neutral sites, and their 15th consecutive MWC away game.

UNM made 10 3-pointers in the first half, but just 2 (of 10) in the second. The Lobos made their first 5 treys (by 4 different players), but then went 7 of 24 the rest of the game.

New Mexico made just one 2-point basket in the first half, a hoop by Mark Walters less than five minutes before halftime. UNM hit eight 3- pointers before its first 2-pointer.

Sophomore post David Chiotti did not play for the first time this year due to a sprained left ankle suffered in practice on Sunday...Chiotti had been the only Lobo to start the first 18 games of the season. He is averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds and was coming off a 19- point performance at UNLV, his highest scoring in a conference game.

Senior guard Ryan Ashcraft did not dress after dislocating his right shoulder, also in Sunday's practice.

With Chiotti and Ashcraft out, head coach Ritchie McKay was limited to just seven players.

SDSU had a huge 43-27 rebounding edge, the most UNM has been out- boarded this season. The Aztecs had a 17-4 advantage on the offensive end.

San Diego State had a 34-10 advantage in points in the paint and 24-6 on second-chance points.

Mark Walters scored a season-high 13 points.

Alfred Neale had 14 points and 7 rebounds. He had scored just 10 points in his previous four games.

Leading 38-35 at halftime, the Lobos lost for only the 3rd time in 14 games when leading at the break.