Lobos dump Utah at The Pit
Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) – Mark Walters scored a season-high 22 points
to lift New Mexico to a 65-54 win over 13th-ranked Utah at The Pit.
Walters sparked a late second-half surge with five straight points, ending 7-
of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range, for the Lobos (20-6,
7-4 Mountain West), who have won three straight and six of seven.
Danny Granger, who missed New Mexico’s 69-58 loss to Utah earlier this season,
added 15 points and nine boards for New Mexico, which has beaten a ranked Utah
team six of the last seven times at the Pit.
Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Utes (23-4, 11-1), who had
an 18-game winning streak halted. Marc Jackson added 12 points for Utah, which
failed in its attempts to become the first MWC team in history to finish the
season undefeated in conference play.
New Mexico scored 13 of the first 17 points of the game to get started. Utah
responded with a 13-2 run to take a 17-15 lead on a Tim Drisdom three-pointer
with 7:46 left in the half.
Then, after David Chiotti tied the game with a layup, Bogut’s short jumper
with 4:51 remaining gave the Utes their final lead of the game, 19-17. Chiotti
followed with jumper less than 20 seconds later and Walters’ three-pointer
with 2:52 remaining extended the lead to 22-19 and the Lobos went into the
break with a 31-26 advantage.
In the second half, New Mexico opened the stanza with a 7-1 run to grab its
first double-digit lead, 38-27. A Granger three-pointer started the burst and
two free throws by Walters 2:44 into the half capped it.
Later, the Lobos scored eight straight points to open up a 12-point advantage,
46-34 with 10:19 on the clock.
Utah made it a seven-point contest, 49-42, on a Jonas Langvad jumper with 5
1/2 minutes left, but the Lobos put the game out of reach by scoring the next
seven points. Alfred Neale followed a Granger missed jumper with a putback
dunk to make it a nine-point game. Then, after a Bogut missed hook, Walters
hit a layup and capped the burst with a three-pointer at the 3:44 mark to
extend the cushion to 56-42.
Utah shot just 37 percent from the floor, including 4-of-21 from three.
New Mexico shot 46 percent from the floor, including 7-of-17 from behind the