Rebels Fall On The Road At New Mexico
March 1, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Mark Walters scored 15 points and Joel Box had a season-high 14 rebounds as New Mexico beat UNLV 47-39 in a struggle between offense-challenged teams Wednesday night.
New Mexico (17-11, 8-7 MWC) won despite matching its season low point total. The Lobos also scored 47 in a two-point win over Wyoming two weeks ago. New Mexico missed 13 of its first 16 shots in the second half, yet never trailed in the final 20 minutes.
UNLV (15-12, 9-6) was equally inept and the 39 points matched the lowest point total in school history. The Rebels also failed to break the 40-point barrier in a 59-39 loss to Virginia on Jan. 3, 1994.
The Rebels put up several airballs in the closing minutes, hit just 15 of 62 shots (24.2 percent) and were 3-of-17 on 3-point shots. They even had trouble at the foul line, where they went 6-for-11.
Louis Amundson was the only Rebel in double figures with 15 points, 11 of them in the second half. Amundson's seven straight points sparked a 14-4 UNLV run that got the Rebels within 36-34 with 5:42 left.
New Mexico reserve guard Jeff Hart then hit a 3-pointer to end a scoring drought of more than five minutes for the Lobos. Ricky Morgan countered with a 3 for UNLV to again make it a two-point deficit with 2:55 remaining, but the Rebels' only points the rest of the way were a pair of free throws by Jo' Van Adams with 51 seconds left.
The Lobos got just enough offense in the final two minutes to stay on top. Walters and Kris Collins each hit two free throws and David Chiotti had two dunks, the last one with 9.4 seconds left on a pass off the backboard from Collins.
Hart, a senior and former walk-on who got to start, matched his season high with 11 points. Hart, who had to have three stitches above his right eye at halftime, hit two 3-pointers in the game's first 3 1/2 minutes.
But after that, it was a game of defense and missed scoring opportunities.
New Mexico shot 32.7 percent and hit just 6 of 22 shots in the second half.