ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It was never easy, but the New Mexico Lobos pulled away late in the second half to defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack 75-62 on Saturday night. Hugh Greenwood led the No. 20 Lobos (19-3, 6-1 Mountain West) with 15 points, including 4-of-5 shooting on 3-pointers, plus seven rebounds and six assists. Malik Story paced the Wolf Pack (11-10, 2-5) with 20 points. The game was tight throughout until the tide turned in the Lobos' favor after Chad Adams hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put them ahead 53-51 with 9:30 left in the game. A long jumper by Jamal Fenton and then an unusual shot by Adams, an attempted alley-oop to Alex Kirk that went into the basket, suddenly made it 57-51. After a Devonte Elliott jumper, Adams nailed another 3-pointer to push the lead to 60-53. Story countered with a 3-pointer after a media timeout, but a 16-footer by Demetrius Walker and a layup by Cameron Bairstow extended the lead to 64-56 with 4:39 left. Deonte Burton's layup and Jery Evans' 3-pointer, sandwiched around Greenwood's fourth 3-pointer of the game, left the Wolf Pack trailing 67-61 with 3:23 to go. Walker hit a pair of free throws to give New Mexico a bigger cushion, while Nevada missed its next two shots. Kendall Williams iced it with two more free throws and Greenwood stole the ball and laid it in to make it 73-61 with less than one minute to play. Nevada took its first lead of the game at 39-37 on a pair of Burton free throws with 17 minutes remaining. Snell's 3-pointer put New Mexico back ahead 40-39. The game settled into a back-and-forth affair from that point onward, with 10 lead changes or ties in the next 7 minutes, 30 seconds, ending with the Lobos ahead on Adams' 3-pointer. The first half was a shootout, with both teams struggling to match up defensively. The Lobos took a 34-32 lead into the half, shooting 14-for-27 from the floor. Things went into overdrive after the under-10-minute media timeout. Story nailed a 3-pointer, only to see Demetrius Walker counter with a 3 of his own to keep the New Mexico lead at 19-15. Story came right back and hit another 3, so Walker again matched him with a 3. Panzer got in on the fun with a 3 to pull Nevada within 22-21. Fenton made a layup and Snell hit a 3-pointer to increase the Lobos' lead to 27-21, but that would be the biggest lead they could manage. After a Nevada timeout, Burris made a 3-pointer, but a slam dunk by Nick Banyard still kept New Mexico ahead 29-24. Banyard's dunk made him the 10th different Lobo to score in the first half. The teams essentially traded baskets from then on, with New Mexico holding the lead throughout. Story led the Wolf Pack with 15 points, while Walker topped the Lobos' balanced attack with six points. NOTES: This was the first official meeting between New Mexico and Nevada in the two teams' history. ... The Lobos continue to use the free-throw line to their advantage this season. They have converted 32 of a possible 38 three-point plays, while also going 36 for 40 on one-and-one opportunities. ... The Wolf Pack's backcourt duo of Burton and Story have together started 88 games in a row.
New Mexico 75, Nevada 62By Chris Jackson, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Feb 2, 2013 10:10 PM EST
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