No. 18 New Mexico rallies for 75-67 win over USC

The Associated Press
No. 18 New Mexico rallies for 75-67 win over USC
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New Mexico's Alex Kirk shoots over Southern California's Dawayne Dedmon in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. New Mexico won. 75-67. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Hugh Greenwood hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to help No. 18 New Mexico recover from an early double-digit deficit to beat Southern Cal 75-67 on Wednesday night.

Alex Kirk added a double-double for the Lobos (9-0) with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Kendall Williams had 13 points and a season-high nine assists.

Five Trojans scored in double figures, led by 14 from Eric Wise, but USC (3-5) still lost its fourth straight.

Midway through the first half, the Trojans used a 7-0 run to take their largest lead at 28-18, but New Mexico immediately responded with a 15-2 run to go up 33-30 and the Lobos never trailed again. Behind two 3-pointers from Greenwood, including one at the shot-clock buzzer with 5 seconds left in the half, the Lobos went into halftime on a 10-2 run to lead 43-34.

Over the final 7 minutes of the first half, New Mexico connected on 8 of 11 from the field, including hitting 4 of 6 from 3-point range. The Lobos shot 11 of 24 on 3-point attempts compared to 4 of 13 for USC.

New Mexico's biggest lead was 59-42. The Trojans closed the gap behind a 13-2 run that made it 70-65 with 2:13 left.

But Williams followed with a 3-pointer for New Mexico to break the streak.

The Trojans outscored New Mexico 32-20 in the paint and 17-4 on fast-break opportunities, but New Mexico won the battle of the boards 31-23 and had a 17-7 scoring advantage off the bench.