undefeated by out-performing and out-toughing NMSU as well as
Aggie team that was averaging more boards than UNM has been this
said head coach Steve Alford. “I thought our energy was really
good. I thought
our concentration was outstanding. And we did the things that
we've been doing.
out-rebounded a really
good team. We took care of the basketball and we got to the
And that's what's we've been doing through this stretch. And for
continue that after a week off is pleasing," said Alford.
only after the opening tip, responding to Aggie Daniel Mullings’
with an 14-4 run capped by a thunderous dunk by Cameron Bairstow
that seemed to set
the tone for the rest of the game.
New Mexico St.
responded with a run of their own to cut the Lobo lead to 17-14
on a dunk by
Bandja Sy. But the Aggies would get no closer and trailed 39-32
In the second
steadily pushed the lead forward as the pace of the game became
to the Aggies’ disruptive defensive effort. But UNM matched
their defense in
the second frame, holding the Aggies to 26.7% shooting (8 of 30)
and a paltry 2
of 10 on three pointers while.
Mexico out shot
NMSU from the field 42.6% (20 of 47) to 32.8% ( 19 of 58) and 7
of 13 (53.8%)
compared to the Aggies’ 4 of 16 (25%).
The Lobos got
scoring from four players – 15 points apiece from Alex Kirk and
Kendall Williams, 10 points from Tony Snell (who shot a team best 4 of 7
field) and 13 points from Chad Adams, who added 10 rebounds (a
career high) for
his second double-double in the last four games.
pulling down 29 defensive rebounds, forcing eight turnovers and
season high 11 blocks – including four from guard Hugh Greenwood
and five from
"Our guys love
challenges,” said Alford. “I don't think we thought about having
11 blocks. I
just soon have maybe six blocks and six charges. Be that as it
may, 11 blocks
are lot of blocks in a game. And it came from a lot of people."
NMSU only had
one player in
double figures, Mullings who scored 14 points on 5 of 10
Watson led all players in rebounds with 11 and added four points
but went 0-5
shooting from the field.
The Lobos now
three days to prepare before they play the Aggies again, this
time at the Pan
American Center in Las Cruces. Williams, who also had seven
assists and eight
rebounds of his own, said the team is guarded against a letdown
"It's a rivalry
there's a lot of feel behind it, we hope they don't walk away
they have a chance to compete with us wherever we play, but we
need to be able
to go there and create our own energy and feel,” said Williams.
“Every game is
important especially on the road."