Jan. 24, 2004
Utah forward Andrew Bogut set a MWC record with his 9th double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 17 rebounds...Tom Bellairs of Air Force held the previous record of 8 straight double-doubles...guard Nick Jacobson scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, including 11 straight over a stretch of 5:42 late in the second half...Jacobson recorded his 7th 20-point game this season and has scored at least 18 points in all four MWC games this year.
With its 10th victory today New Mexico equaled its 2002-03 season total (10-18)...the Lobos picked up their first MWC victory of the season and earned consecutive wins over Utah for the first time in seven years...Utah entered the game having won nine straight games, including three in a row in MWC play.
UNM avoided an 0-3 conference start for the first time since the 1979-80 season.
The Lobo quintet of David Chiotti, Danny Granger, Alfred Neale, Troy DeVries and Javin Tindall have started the last 10 games and are 7-3 so far this season...the five starters are within two games of eclipsing the previous string of 12 consecutive games started by Wayland White, Brian Smith, Marlon Parmer, Ruben Douglas and Eric Chatfield from Feb. 12-March 20, 2001.
New Mexico hit 5 of its 9 3-point shots in the first 10 minutes of the game on the way to a 19-9 lead...UNM never trailed on the afternoon and was tied with the Utes just once at 2 apiece 1:49 into the game...the Lobos closed the first half with a 13-3 run over the final 4:51, including back-to-back 3s in the final minute, to go into the locker room up 38-18... New Mexico was up as much as 27 points on the Utes (49-22) at the 14:51 mark in the second half.
Utah endured scoring droughts of 3:30 in the first half and 3:30 in the second half...the Lobos scored 17 points during the two droughts.
For the fourth time this year New Mexico kept an opponent under 20 points in the first half...it was the sixth time this season that the Lobos had a halftime lead of 19 points or more...Utah's 18 points were its lowest first half total since scoring 13 in a 76-44 loss to Connecticut in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 28...the Utes' 54 points were the lowest in The Pit in 12 years since a 60-54 UNM victory Jan. 3, 1992.
New Mexico shot 53.5% (23-43) overall and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc, the second best efforts versus the Utes this year...UConn shot 62.3% (33-53) from the floor and 50% (2-4) from 3-point range...the Lobos 8 3-pointers tied for the most against Utah this year...Whitworth had 8 earlier this season...UNM improved to 10-0 when out-shooting its opponents this season.
The Lobos are only the 2nd team to shoot better than 50% against Utah this season and only the 3rd to surpass 40% from 3-point range.
UNM forward Danny Granger scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the first half...Granger also tied a career-high with 4 assists...fellow forward Alfred Neale pulled down 7 rebounds, his best output in 9 games.