STEVENS: Lobos Complete Body Of Work With 85-60 Romp over Miami-Ohio
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/22/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 22, 2009

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Sunday: Lobos 85, Miami (Ohio) 60
All-Tournament Team: Darington Hobson, UNM, (MVP); Kyle Gibson, La-Tech; Nick Winbush, Miami; Anatoly Bose, Nicholls State; Phillip McDonald, UNM, Roman Martinez, UNM.

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

The body of work had a finale Sunday evening in The Pit, but the dismantling of Miami (Ohio) 85-60 by the University of New Mexico Lobos was really same-old, same-old.

The Lobos crushed Nicholls State and stomped Louisiana Tech and pretty much plucked the RedHawks, too.

The Steve Alford Lobos pushed their season mark to 5-0 and it pretty much has looked as easy as it has looked smooth. Simply put, this doesn't look like one of the youngest teams in the nation struggling through the baby steps of a season.

"We've been tremendous," said Alford. "It's been 120 minutes (three games) of the way we wanted to play.

"It wasn't a perfect 120 minutes, but here we are the third game in three nights and we turn the ball over five times."

The Lobos went 3-0 in the World Vision Classic by beating down Miami early in the first half and coasting into the locker room up 45-21 - 24 points.

Miami came out with a little more energy early in the second half. The RedHawks moved the ball better and attacked the Lobos' defense with a little more purpose. At the 15:35 mark, Miami had cut into UNM's halftime lead by five points.

Senior Roman Martinez then hit a long trey at 14:19 to put UNM up 53-30. Darington Hobson, the tourney MVP, ran off a pick to bang in a trey to make it 61-35 and UNM was up 26. The early energy Miami showed was slipping away and UNM ran to the 25-point win.

Martinez led UNM with 15 points followed by freshman Chad Adams, off the bench, with 13 points. A.J. Hardeman had 12 points and Hobson had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

All 12 Lobos reached the scoreboard.

"We really value the ball. We are sharing the ball. We're taking good shots," said Alford. "And in stretches where we don't make shots, we're really guarding and helping each other at the other end.

"This was a tremendous weekend for us. To have lopsided wins like we had speaks volumes for what we were able to do for 120 minutes."

Alford said since the games went back-to-back-to-back, his message for his Lobos was to "bust our tails" and have fun.

The Lobos definitely did that. These wins came easy for a team that is supposed to be too young to be this good.

First Half -- Lobos 45, Miami 21

Martinez scored off the glass on a short follow and then banged in a trey from the left wing to push UNM up 11-5. Dairese Gary hit a trey to hand the Lobos a 16-7 lead. UNM carried a 16-10 lead into the first media timeout at 13:47.

The Lobos came out shooting 66.7 percent from the field and were up 6-3 on the boards.

Miami called a timeout about a minute later after Martinez drove the baseline and put UNM up 20-10. Will Brown showed a nice touch on the baseline tossing in a fade to put UNM up 22-10.

Freshman Jamal Fenton came down to toss in a trey and UNM was cruising at 25-10 going into the 11:10 media break. UNM was now shooting 75 percent from the floor.

Fenton forced Miami into another timeout at 9:12. The 5-9 freshman launched in a sky-high trey from the right wing on a feed by Garth. The basket put UNM up 30-12. The rout was one. At the 7:02 break, UNM was up 30-13 and at the 2:50 break, it was UNM 34-18. The Lobos had cooled down a bit, shooting 50 percent from the field at that 2:50 mark.

Adams cracked the stats sheet at 2:22 scoring in close on a nice feed by Fenton. Adams was fouled and made the extra shot handing UNM a 39-18 cushion. Adams came down with a trey at the top of the key for a 42-18 Lobo lead.

Curtis Dennis got his first points on a trey from the right baseline off a ball kept alive by an Adams' offensive rebound. UNM carried that 45-21 lead into the halftime break.

The Lobos had a lot of balance in scoring in the first 20 minutes with five Lobos with six points: Hardeman, Hobson, Gary, Adams and Fenton. Martinez led the way with seven points. Hobson had four assists and a steal. The Lobos pounded Miami on the boards 21-to-8. UNM shot 53.6 percent in the first half to 35 percent for Miami.