Bairstow scored 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting and
hitting 7 of
10 free throws to keep UNM in the thick of the game. Greenwood scored four of his 13 points in the
final seconds to put the game away, including a jumper in the lane with nine second left to
break a 59-59
tie, then hit two free throws two seconds later to seal the win
"I thought Hugh stepped up huge tonight with
said Lobo head coach Coach Steve Alford. "I thought Cam really
gave us a
lift with how he shot the ball. This is a hard place to play. We
knew this was
going to be a struggle and a fight."
Greenwood finished with a double-double,
pulling in a
The Lobos, who entered the game ranked 20th in
the AP poll
and 22nd in the Coaches poll, took a nine-point lead on a three
Jamal Fenton with 6:44 left in the game. But Wyoming used three-point shooting
to claw back into the game.
The Cowboys tied the game with 15 seconds left on a Riley Rabau three pointer of a UW miss following a
against UNM’s Tony Snell, right before the bucket.
UNM came up the court and Greenwood casually
rose up in the
lane and sank the jumper to give UNM the lead back at 61-59. Then
the chance to ice the game with free throws after Leonard Washington’s errant inbound
pass went out of bounds.
Wyoming (15-4, 2-4 Mountain West) hit 12 of 22
pointers (54%) in the game – almost 20 percentage points above
their season average
– keeping Wyoming in the game.
New Mexico (18-3, 5-1) started sluggishly,
5-0 early before responding with a 12-0 run to take a 12-5 lead 12
Wyoming gamely responded and took a 28-27 lead
after a contested buzzer beater trey by Rabau following a
jumper by Alex Kirk.
Wyoming shot just 8 of 27 on shots inside the
arc and was outrebounded 35-23. UNM also outscored the Cowboys
28-2 in the
New Mexico was buoyed by a 53.8% shooting in
the second half
(14 of 26) and finished hitting 25 of 52 (48.1%). Kendall Williams
points and six rebounds and Alex Kirk added 10 points and six
rebounds for UNM.
"We knew we could come in here and separate
(from the rest of the league),” said Alford. “We knew if we could
its fifth loss and that would make it tough (on Wyoming's MW
chances). We had a
chance to make a statement tonight."
Wyoming got a team high 11 points from Derrious
who scored 15 points on 5 of 7 three-point shooting. Leonard
Grabau scored 11 points.
"I thought this was a pivotal game for us if we
going to have something to say (about the 2013 MW championship),"
Alford. "This gives us a chance.”