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No. 15 New Mexico beats UNLV to win MWC tournament

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No. 15 New Mexico beats UNLV to win MWC tournament

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New Mexico's Kendall Williams passes between UNLV's Katin Reinhardt, left, and Savon Goodman during the …

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tony Snell scored 13 straight points for New Mexico during a second-half run, and the No. 15 Lobos pulled away late Saturday to beat UNLV 63-56 and add the Mountain West tournament title to their regular season crown.

Snell carried New Mexico (29-5) down the stretch, making three 3-pointers and adding a pair of field goals as the Lobos took over in the last 8 minutes of the game to win the conference title and the rubber game of the series between the teams this season.

Snell scored 21 points, but it was a streak beginning with a 3-pointer that put New Mexico up 49-45 with 8:11 left that sealed the game. Conference player of the year Kendall Williams capped it off with a turnaround dunk with 11 seconds left and posed before a delighted traveling contingent of thousands of Lobo fans.

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