LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Hugh Greenwood hit a jumper from the right side to break a tie with 7.1 seconds to lift the New Mexico to a 63-59 win over at the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday night.
Wyoming tied the game at 59 on a Riley Grabau 3-pointer with less than 30 ticks remaining but Greenwood's shot allowed the 20th-ranked Lobos (18-3 overall, 5-1 MWC) to retake the lead. A turnover by the Cowboys on the ensuing possession forced the team to foul sending, Greenwood to the line for a pair of free throws. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, the only double-double of the game.
The Lobos dominated the paint with a 35-23 rebounding advantage while outscoring the Cowboys 28-12 inside. New Mexico big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk did most of the damage.
New Mexico coach Steve Alford gave Bairstow the start, his first since the team's Jan. 12 game against Fresno State. The 6-foot-9 junior didn't disappoint by scoring a career-high 17 points. Alex Kirk, UNM's 7-foot sophomore center chipped in 10 points as the Lobos had their way with the Cowboys down low.
Wyoming (15-5, 2-5) finished the game 12 of 22 from 3-point range but made only four shots from beyond the arc in the second half. Derrious Gilmore led the way for the Cowboys with 15 points, all of which came on 3-pointers.
Riley Grabau hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Wyoming a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Grabau's desperation heave from the left side came after the Cowboys struggled to get into an offensive set with one final possession. Teammate Derek Cooke Jr. was guarded tightly near the top the key before finding Grabau for a kick-out to salvage the possession. The shot capped a big first half from long range for Wyoming, which went 7 of 10 from behind the 3-point line.
New Mexico responded to an early Wyoming lead with a 12-0 run and stayed ahead until a 3-pointer by Josh Adams tied the score with about five minutes to play.
The Lobos struggled from long range, going just 1 of 4 in the first half. Greenwood hit New Mexico's only 3-pointer, which answered the shot by Adams to tie the game.
The Lobos built their lead thanks to a 19-10 rebounding edge and a 14-4 advantage on points in the paint.
NOTES: Coming into the game, Wyoming was 2-0 against ranked teams this season. The Cowboys beat No. 19 Colorado 76-69 on Dec. 1 and No. 15 San Diego State 58-45 on Jan. 19. Both wins came at home. ... The seven 3-pointers made by Wyoming in the first half constituted a season high. ... New Mexico's Bairstow came into the game averaging 7.6 points and 19.6 minutes per game. He had eight points in 15 minutes in the first half.