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Post-Game Notes :: New Mexico vs. UTEP
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/06/2009

Jan. 6, 2009

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  • New Mexico lost for just the second time in its last 40 non-conference home games - both coming this season (71-72 vs. Central Florida, Nov. 22)...UNM fell to 7-2 in The Pit this season

  • Tonight was the 140th game in a series that started Feb. 21, 1921...New Mexico still holds a 75-65 lead in the series...UTEP won in Albuquerque for the first time since 1999 (73-66), improving to 10-25 in The Pit.

  • UTEP erased a 42-40 New Mexico lead (12:45 2nd half) with a 14-2 run that covered 3:19...the Miners had 9 straight points, including 5-5 from the FT line, after the Lobos had closed the gap to 45-44 with 10:57 left to play...the game saw 6 lead changes and 9 ties before UTEP took the lead for good at the 12:32 mark

  • Both teams finished with more free throws than field goals...UNM hit 25 FTs and 15 FGs, while UTEP hit 26 FTs - the most by a Lobo opponent this year - and 21 FGs

  • New Mexico established season-lows in field goals made (15), FG percentage (28.8%), and assists (7)...it's the lowest FG percentage since the 2000 Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas when the Lobos shot 27.6% (16-58) from the floor vs. BYU (L, 56-43).

  • UTEP's 24 first half points tied its season-low (trailed New Mexico State 38-24 in Las Cruces on Dec. 14)...the two teams were a combined 16-53 (30%) from the floor in the first half

  • After an 0-10 start, New Mexico hit 5 of its final 11 3-pointers

  • New Mexico has made a 3-pointer in 597 consecutive games; the last time it didn't connect was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

  • UTEP's 5 blocks (4 in the first half alone) were the most this season by a UNM opponent...the Miners were also called for goal-tending twice

    Senior Daniel Faris

  • 16 points in 24 minutes...has scored in double figures in 3 straight games, averaging 17.3 during that span...the 52 points are the most for Faris in a 3-game stretch during his career...his previous best was 47 points in consecutive road games at Hawaii (21), UTEP (13) and Wyoming (13) last year.
  • Went to the free throw line a career-high 11 times, hitting 8

    Senior Tony Danridge

  • 12 points...career-best 9th straight game in double figures...averaging 15.0 points per game during that span • Hit a career-high 10 free throws on 12 attempts

    Sophomore Dairese Gary

  • Season-high 6 rebounds (career-high is 9 at UTEP last year)
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