New Mexico Basketball Postgame Notes vs. No. 20 UNLV

March 10, 2012

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  • New Mexico (26-6) trips 20th-ranked UNLV (26-8) by a score of 72-67 in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas...UNLV was 18-0 at home this season before tonight's loss

  • UNM wins its 1st conference tournament game against UNLV...the Lobos had been 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West postseason

  • The Lobos play San Diego State in the MW championship game Saturday at 5 p.m. Mountain Time on the NBC Sports Network

  • UNM's last MW Tournament title was 2005 when it beat Utah in Denver

  • The Lobos trailed 17-4 tonight at the 16:29 mark of the 1st half...the 13-point deficit is UNM's largest overcome this season

  • After making 6 of its first 7 shots while building that 17-4 lead, UNLV was just 15 of 52 (29%) from the floor the rest of the game...the Rebels missed 10 of their last 11 attempts from 3-point

  • UNM was 11-11 from the FT line in the 2nd half, including 8-8 in the final 1:35...Kendall Williams and Demetrius Walker were both 4-4 in the closing 95 seconds

  • New Mexico was 15-17 from the line tonight and is now 46-54 (85%) from the stripe in two MW Tournament games

  • UNM had 20 assists on 26 baskets, including 12 assists on 13 FGs in the 1st half

  • Including neutral sites, the Lobos are 12-4 away from The Pit this season

  • New Mexico has won 26 games for the 4th time in school history and the 2nd time in head coach Steve Alford's 5 seasons at UNM

  • Fourth-year seniors A.J. Hardeman and Phillip McDonald are now 100-36 in their careers at New Mexico, the most wins by scholarship Lobos

  • The Lobos are 22-1 this season when shooting 40% or better from the floor...they shot 52% (26-50) tonight

  • UNM is 25-1 this season when holding the opponent to less than 70 points, but 1-5 when allowing 70 or more

  • UNM has made a 3-point FG in 690 consecutive games...the last game without a 3 was Jan. 3, 1991 at Colorado State (0-for-8)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW

  • UNM has advanced to a conference tournament championship game all four times it has been a No. 2 seed...the Lobos are 2-2 in those title games, beating Utah in 1996 (Albuquerque) and 2005 (Denver), and losing to UNLV in 1998 (Las Vegas) and Utah in 1999 (Las Vegas)

  • UNM is 3-2 against San Diego State in conference tournament action, 1-1 in the Mountain West...the last meeting was a 72-69 SDSU win in the 2010 semifinals in Las Vegas

  • New Mexico is 3-5 in conference tournament title games, 1-1 in the MW

Western Athletic Conference (2-4)
1984 UTEP 44, UNM 38 in El Paso
1987 Wyoming 64, UNM 62 in Albuquerque
1993 UNM 76, UTEP 65 at Salt Lake City
1996 UNM 64, Utah 60 in Albuquerque
1998 UNLV 56, UNM 51 in Las Vegas
1999 Utah 60, UNM 45 in Las Vegas

Mountain West (1-1)
2001 BYU 69, UNM 65 at Las Vegas
2005 UNM 60, Utah 56 at Denver

Head coach Steve Alford

  • won Big 10 Tournament titles with Iowa in 2001 and 2006
  • 432-228 in his 21st season as a head coach, 124-45 in his 5th year at New Mexico
  • At least 22 wins in all 5 seasons at New Mexico, and an average of 24.8 wins per season
  • 4-4 in all Mountain West tournament games at UNM
  • 5-6 in his career against UNLV, 2-4 in Las Vegas
  • 57-0 when UNM allows less than 60 points
  • 39 straight wins and 51-1 overall when UNM scores 80 points or more

Senior F Drew Gordon

  • 19 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes for his 16th double-double of the season and 29th of his UNM career
  • 60 points and 45 rebounds in 3 games vs. UNLV this year, making 27-41 FGs
  • 19-21 from the FT line the past 3 games
  • 349 rebounds this season, the 3rd best single-season total at UNM...the school season record is 375 by Tom King in 1960-61...King also has the 2nd-best total at 374 in 1959-60
  • Tied with Hunter Greene for 11th place all-time at UNM with 622 rebounds...averaged 10.7 rebounds in 58 career games as a Lobo

Sophomore G Tony Snell

  • 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists...1 rebound and 1 assist from tying career highs
  • 8 straight points early in the 2nd half, and 11 after halftime
  • 42 points in 3 games vs. UNLV this year

Sophomore G Demetrius Walker

  • came off the bench to reach double figures again with 12 points and 3 rebounds
  • 19 points on 5-6 FGs, 3-4 from 3 and 6-8 FTs Thursday vs. Air Force