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Lobos fall in overtime to Santa Clara, 79-76
The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team dropped its tournament-opening game to Santa Clara in overtime Thursday.
The Lobos are competing in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Following their 79-76 loss, they will face Washington State tonight in the tournament.
UNM came back after trailing much of the game to Santa Clara’s Broncos. UNM led only once in regulation, at 2-0, before the teams went back-and-forth in the OT period. Tony Snell, who finished with a team-high 18 points Thursday, hit a 3-pointer in overtime to give the Lobos a short-lived 70-69 lead.
Unfortunately for the Lobos, Snell fouled out in the overtime period. Meanwhile, the Broncos hit some key free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
The loss dropped the Lobos to 2-2, the first time they’ve been at that mark through four games since the 2008-09 season.
Drew Gordon collected his second double-double Thursday, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Hugh Greenwood finished with 14. Kendall Williams, however, managed just six points and failed to connect on a field goal — in the team’s two losses, Williams is 0-for-13 from the floor.
Santa Clara’s Kevin Foster led all scorers with 26 points.
NMSU improves to 4-0, advances in Shootout
The New Mexico State University Aggies men’s basketball team crushed Central Michigan in the opener of the Great Alaska Shootout.
Forward Wendell McKines posted his third double-double of the season, picking up 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Aggies to a 78-49 victory.
NMSU will meet Southern Mississippi in the tournament semifinals tonight. Southern Mississippi defeated California-Irvine Thursday.
Thursday’s win upped the Aggies’ record to 4-0, the same record they had during the 1992-93 season when they won the Shootout.
NMSU forced 14 turnovers, including grabbing eight steals in the first half. Led by the defense, NMSU built up a 10-point lead just seven minutes into the contest.
Bandja Sy had 15 points to pace the Aggies, while Christian Kabongo finished with 12 points.