Dec. 4, 2010
New Mexico at New Mexico State - Postgame Notes
Saturday, December 4, 2010 - Las Cruces, N.M.
- New Mexico improves to 6-1 with an 84-78 overtime victory at New Mexico State. The Lobos have won four in a row. New Mexico State falls to 2-6.
- UNM wins its 5th straight overtime game and is 8-2 in OT under head coach Steve Alford.
- The Lobos are 7-5 all-time in overtime against New Mexico State, 2-1 in Las Cruces.
- New Mexico is 2-1 in true road games road this year, 12-3 since the start of the 2009-10 season.
- New Mexico has a 13.5 - 3.0 advantage over NMSU in the 2010-11 Rio Grande Rivalry. The rivalry trophy is presented to the school that wins the yearly challenge series in an all-sports competition between the state's two NCAA Division I institutions.
- Tonight was the 205th meeting between the in-state rivals. UNM has a 111-94 lead in the series that began Dec. 22, 1904.
- The Lobos have won six in a row over NMSU, which is UNM's longest win streak in the series since a 7-game run from 1995-99.
- UNM is now 34-1 under Steve Alford when scoring 80 or more points.
- New Mexico had a 17-point lead at 27-10 and only trailed twice in the game: 69-68 in regulation and 77-76 in overtime.
- New Mexico scored a season-high 42 points in the first half, leading 42-37
- New Mexico State had 25 offensive rebounds, the most against a Steve Alford-coached Lobo team.
- NMSU's Troy Gillenwater scored 32 points, one point shy of the most by an opposing player during the Steve Alford era. Colorado State's Marcus Walker scored 33 in double OT Feb. 28, 2009. Gillenwater's 29 FG attempts are the most by an opposing player against Alford's Lobos.
- New Mexico State was 5-of-26 (19%) from 3-point. Opponents are now shooting 22.7% (35-154) from 3-point for the season.
Head coach Steve Alford
- Coached his 600th career game tonight
- 390-210 in his 20-year coaching career
- 82-27 in his fourth season at New Mexico
- 6-1 in his career against New Mexico State
- 26-16 in road games at UNM
- 14-2 in his career against current members of the Western Athletic Conference
Senior G Dairese Gary
- 19 points (11-14 FTs), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 40 minutes
- Passed Ike Williams (1991-93) for 23rd place all-time at UNM with 1,089 career points
- 6th all-time at UNM with 414 FTs made and 562 FTs attempted
- 7th all-time at UNM with 417 career assists...Willie Banks (1989-92) is 6th at 419
- Since the start of 2008-09, UNM is 27-2 when Gary has five or more assists in a game
- Made his 104th consecutive start, which is the longest current streak in the nation. He was tied with guard Kevin Anderson of Richmond, who has made 103 straight going into tomorrow's game at Arizona State.
Junior G Phillip McDonald
- 2nd career double-double with 18 points and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds...first career double-double was 10 points and 10 rebounds against Grambling State his freshman season
- Scored 8 points (of UNM's 11) in OT, making a pair of 3s and two FTs
- 45 points and 9 3s in his last two games against New Mexico State at Las Cruces
- Averaging a team-high 7 rebounds a game, and has 19 in the past two games
Freshman G Kendall Williams
- Career-high 18 points on 4-7 FGs, 3-5 from 3-point and 7-8 FTs...also had a career-best 6 rebounds in 40 minutes of action
Freshman G Tony Snell
- All of his career-high seven points came in the first half, besting his previous high of five set against Arizona State and Cal
- Equaled his season output for threes with 2 in the first half