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ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has been waiting all season for this Hugh Greenwood to show up: The Greenwood who can bomb from the outside, unclogging the interior.
That Greenwood finally showed up Tuesday with five 3-pointers and a 20-point night that more than doubled his season high to help the Lobos to an 84-75 victory over Boise State.
“I think we’ve always expected that when we started the season for him to shoot the ball that well,” said New Mexico coach Craig Neal. “I think he’s been so instrumental in trying to get our team together, chemistry wise.”
But with an injured right wrist that kept him out of two games and hampered him in a handful others, Greenwood was not stepping up.
“He’s passed up shots in the past,” Neal said. “But I think he played really free tonight. He played the way I envisioned him playing. I think he can make shots like that.”
Perhaps his biggest moment came with eight minutes remaining when the Broncos (13-6, 3-3 Mountain West) had trimmed a 32-15 New Mexico (14-4, 5-1) lead in the first half to 66-59.
Greenwood’s 3-pointer from the wing restored the lead to 10 points.
“He was terrific tonight and made some big shots,” Neal said.
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