Stevens: Greenwood Saves Lobos in OT Win at Indiana State

Dec. 1, 2012

Final Stats

New Mexico Lobos Men's Basketball - At Indiana State

Saturday: New Mexico 77, Indiana State 68

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/

You can't say the New Mexico Lobos didn't make it exciting and you can't say the Lobos didn't give the Indiana State Sycamores a chance to win.

The Lobos did just enough down the stretch in regulation to blow a 19-point lead and allow Indiana State to push the game into overtime at 64-all. The Lobos then did more than enough in the extra period to stay undefeated with a 77-68 road win.

Lobo Hugh Greenwood scored eight points in OT and his second 3-pointer of the extra period pushed UNM up 76-68 with 45 seconds to play.

"Hugh hadn't made a shot all night and then he steps up and makes two threes in overtime," said Lobo Coach Steve Alford. "Chad (Adams) did some big things for us and I thought that was key. This was a really good win for us."

It was a game in which UNM's Kendall Williams controlled the first half with 19 points; Indiana State's Jake Odum scored 21 in the second half, and Greenwood ruled the overtime. Greenwood was 0-of-2 from long range going into OT.

"We're a gritty bunch. Our guys are grounding it like crazy," said Alford. "We got stagnant in the second half. But this was a really good win for us and we have a huge week next week."

Odum, who had two points in the first half, finished with 25, followed by UNM's Williams with 24. Williams was joined in double figures by Greenwood with 14, Chad Adams with 12 and Alex Kirk with 10. Williams and Adams had career highs.

"Kendall (Williams) does what Kendall does," said Alford. "He's a big-time player and we need him today because Tony (Snell) and Demetrius (Walker) never got going."

Snell went 2-of-5 from the floor and finished with seven points. Walker was 0-of-6 from the floor and did not score. Cameron Bairstow had eight poins and 10 boards.

UNM shot 38.6 percent to 39 percent for Indiana State. The Lobos again were dominant at the free-throw line hitting 28-of-34 (82.4 percent) while the Sycamores were 18-of-30. The Sycamores outscored UNM from the floor, but were beat 10 points at the line. The Lobos won the board battle, 41-32

Overtime: New Mexico 13, Indiana State 4

"I kind of got on them," Alford said of the timeout prior to OT. "We didn't get any stops (in regulation). But then it becomes five-minute battle and let's go get it."

In overtime, it's important to grab the lead quickly - and then hold on. UNM's Hugh Greenwood made sure that happened. He scored eight points in the first four minutes to hand the Lobos a 74-68 lead. UNM's Chad Adams then chipped in at the free-throw line and UNM was up 77-68 with 22 seconds to play.

The Lobos sort of crumbled down the stretch in regulation, but Greenwood gave the Lobos some needed scoring punch in the extra period.

The Lobos got a quick and important 3-point lead when Greenwood hit from long range: 67-64. UNM held on defense and Snell hit a jumper to make it 69-64. Odum scored inside to make it 69-66 and Greenwood answered with a tough shot inside: 71-66. UNM held on defense and Greenwood struck again from 3-point range and UNM was up 76-68 with 45 seconds to play. UNM stayed tough on defense and Chad Adams finished the scoring for UNM at the free-throw line for the 77-68 win.

Second Half: Indiana State 45, New Mexico 31

The Lobos went up by 19 in the second half, but a Jake Odum-led rally pushed the teams into an extra five minutes of play. Odum scored 21 points in the second half.

The Lobos came out guarding a 14-point half time lead. Indiana State had to atone for a bad first half prompted by UNM's defense. UNM came out hot. A Snell dunk followed by a Chad Adams' trey helped form a fat 40-21 lead. At the 15:01 break, the Sycamores had scratched back to 42-29.

The Sycamores kept scratching. At the 11:49 break, UNM was up 46-36. At 11:02, it was 48-39. Indiana State kept inching closer, but the Lobos had not allowed any major Sycamore runs.

Indiana State then threw out a 6-0 run that pulled them from 51-39 to 51-45. Alford called a timeout with 8:56 to play. UNM's 19-point lead had faded to six. The Lobos had missed 12 straight shots.

The Sycamores kept coming. At 6:20, the Lobos' lead was down to two, 54-52, and UNM asked for another huddle. UNM was 3-of-20 from the field at that point. At the 3:55 break, the Lobos were up 58-54.

The two teams went at it hard down the stretch and the Sycamores had the crowd behind their comeback bid. The Lobo refused to crumble. At the :58 mark, Snell had hauled down an offensive rebound with his team up 62-57 - five points. Williams produced that lead for UNM with a driving lay-up.

Indiana State's Justin Gant gave his team a shot with a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to go: 62-60. The Sycamores came out of a timeout and pressed, fouling Williams with 25.6 seconds to go. Williams made them both and up 64-60, Alford called a timeout looking at a two-possession game. Odum scored off the glass for Indiana State and the gap was back to two, 64-62 with 17 seconds to play.

UNM's Williams went back to the foul line with 14 seconds to play. He missed the first. He missed the second: 64-62. Odom scored inside with four seconds to go. UNM called time with 2.9 to play, looking at a 64-all tie. Williams threw up a prayer near the mid-court line, misses, and the two teams marched into overtime.

First Half: New Mexico 33, Indiana State 19

The first half ended with Williams scoring 15 points, the rest of the Lobos scoring 18, and Indiana State staggering off their home floor with 19.

UNM shot 50 percent from the floor and frustrated the Sycamores with pressure defense that left the home team shooting 29.6 percent in the half. Manny Arop led Indiana State with seven points. The Lobos had an 18-14 edge on the boards with Greenwood and Adams both pulling down four. UNM made 8 of its last 11 shots in the half and scored 17 points off 11 Indiana State turnovers.

Indiana State went up 7-2 before a jumper by Williams got the Lobos up by one, 8-7. The Sycamores went up 13-10 before the Lobos went on a 9-0, Williams-fueled run to grab a 19-13 lead with 5:53 to play in the half. A Williams' trey formed that six-point UNM lead, which came nine seconds after a Williams' 15-foot jumper.

Williams scored 10 of the UNM's 12 points that took UNM into a break at 3:10 with a 26-17 lead. UNM got an inside hoop from Kirk followed by Williams scoring in transition to push UNM up 30-17. Greenwood banked in a bucket in the closing seconds to seal UNM's 33-19 halftime lead - its biggest bulge of the half.