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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Playing on a heavily taped ankle, Dairese Gary had 17 points and seven assists in his final home game to lead New Mexico to a 66-61 victory over Air Force on Saturday.
Gary, who made 11 of 13 free-throw attempts for the Lobos (20-11, 8-8 Mountain West), turned his right ankle midway through the first half. The three minutes it took to be taped up accounted for all of his time off the court.
It was the third win in a row for New Mexico, which beat No. 3 BYU on Wednesday.
The Falcons (15-14, 6-10) led for most of the first half, but New Mexico opened the second half with a 15-5 run to go up 46-38, with Gary scoring five points during the surge. The Lobos never trailed again.
New Mexico’s free-throw success helped fuel its rally, with the Lobos outscoring the Falcons 22-4 from the line.