Postgame Notes - New Mexico vs. Air Force (March 5, 2011)
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/05/2011

March 5, 2011

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New Mexico vs. Air Force - Postgame Notes
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - Albuquerque, N.M.

  • New Mexico closes the regular season with a 66-61 victory over Air Force...UNM is 20-11 overall, and finished 8-8 in the Mountain West Conference, good for 5th place

  • UNM closes the regular season on a 3-game winning streak

  • Before today, New Mexico had been 0-6 in MWC games decided by 6 points or less

  • The Lobos won for only the 2nd time in 9 MWC games this season when trailing at halftime...Air Force led 33-31 today...UNM's only other victory was at home against No. 9 BYU on Jan. 28; trailed 36-32, but won 86-77

  • The Lobos opened the 2nd half today on a 15-5 run to take a 46-38 advantage

  • New Mexico led 6-4 then not again until 36-33 early in the 2nd half

  • UNM has a 50-18 series lead over Air Force, including 29-4 in Albuquerque and 29-2 in The Pit

  • UNM will play No. 4 seed Colorado State next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time in the quarterfinals of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas...the two teams split the season series...the Lobos won 68-61 in The Pit while the Rams prevailed 68-62 in Fort Collins

  • The Lobos have a 3-0 lead over Colorado State in conference tournament action...the only meeting between UNM and CSU in the MWC Tournament was in 2001 in Las Vegas...UNM won 76-65 in a quarterfinal game

  • New Mexico has won 20 games for the 24th time in school history, all of them coming since 1964...the Lobos have won 20 games 18 times in the past 25 seasons

  • Head coach Steve Alford has reached 20 wins in each of his first four seasons at UNM...Dave Bliss (1989-92) is the only other UNM head man to do that

  • UNM has made a 3-pointer in 654 consecutive games...the last time it didn't was Jan. 3, 1991, going 0-8 against Colorado State

  • Attendance today was 15,344...average attendance for 16 home games in 2010-11 is 14,879...that's an increase of 1,284 from last season and the highest since 15,186 in 2002-03

Head coach Steve Alford

  • Coached his 624th career game
  • 404-220 in his 20-year coaching career
  • 96-37 in his 4th season at New Mexico, an average of 24 wins
  • 26-6 in the 2nd half of the MWC regular season while at UNM
  • 47-24 in his coaching career against MWC teams
  • 45-19 in regular season MWC games while at UNM
  • 62-8 in all home games at UNM, 26-6 in MWC home games
  • 10-0 in his career against Air Force, 4-0 in Albuquerque

Senior G Dairese Gary
  • 96 wins in his career at UNM, tying Kenny Thomas (1996-99) for most victories by a scholarship player

  • 17 points today on 11-13 FTs...also 7 assists in 37 minutes

  • Made his 128th career start (all consecutively), the longest current streak in the nation and 2nd all-time at UNM; Rob Robbins (1988-91) is No. 1 at 133

  • Tied Roman Martinez, Rob Robbins and Mike Winters for 2nd place at UNM with 133 career games played; Darrell McGee is 1st with 137

  • 13th place all-time at UNM with 1,440 career points; also 2nd with 534 FTs made, 3rd with 708 FTs attempted, 5th with 552 assists and 8th with 161 steals

Sophomore G Jamal Fenton

  • Set MWC season highs with 11 points and 26 minutes played
  • Had a career-high 5 rebounds

Junior F Drew Gordon

  • 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for his 11th double-double of the season and 10th in 16 MWC games
  • 189 rebounds in MWC games, 1 short of the UNM record for a conference season...the record is 190 by Lewis LaMar in 1993-94; Lamar, however, needed 18 games for his record...Gordon played in 16 league games
  • Now averaging 12.6 points and 10.5 rebounds in all games and 13.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in MWC contests

Junior F A.J. Hardeman

  • Scored all 9 of his points in the 2nd half
Freshman G Kendall Williams
  • 341 points ranks No. 3 in a season by a Lobo freshman; only Kenny Thomas (484 in 1995-96) and John Robinson II (346 in 1998-99) scored more
  • 46 steals, 2 from passing Phil Smith (1981-84) for most by a Lobo freshman
Sophomore G Chad Adams
  • Had a career-high 5 rebounds