No. 15 New Mexico beats UNLV to win MWC tournament

TIM DAHLBERG (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressMarch 17, 2013
No. 15 New Mexico beats UNLV to win MWC tournament
New Mexico's Kendall Williams passes between UNLV's Katin Reinhardt, left, and Savon Goodman during the first half of the Mountain West Conference tournament championship NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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.