March 16, 2013
Final Score: No. 1 New Mexico 63, No. 3 UNLV 56
New Mexico advanced to the title game of the Mountain West tournament for the second consecutive year and the fourth time overall. This was UNLV's eighth appearance in the championship game.
Saturday marked the sixth time the No. 1 and 3 seeds met in the MW championship game.
This was the first time the Lobos have played in the championship game as the No. 1 seed. The Lobos' previous title game appearances came as the No. 2 (2005, 2012) and No. 4 (2001) seeds.
With the win New Mexico now holds a 3-1 record in the championship game and has won in consecutive years.
In tournament play the Lobos now have a 2-3 record against the Rebels.
The Lobos victory marks the first time a No. 1 seed has won the Mountain West championship since 2006, when the top ranked San Diego State Aztecs defeated the Wyoming Cowboys in overtime 69-64.
After making their 14th appearance in the MW Men's Championship New Mexico has compiled a 13-11 (.541) record. UNLV has a tournament record of 23-10 (.697).
At half the Lobos led 34-32. With the victory on Saturday the team leading at half in the championship game is now 11-3.
With just under 13 minutes to play in the first half the Rebels held a slim 15-13 lead. Lobos sophomore Hugh Greenwood connected on back-to-back three pointers within 40 seconds to put New Mexico in the lead, which it didn't relinquished.
Rebels Anthony Bennett scored a total of 57 points (23 vs. AFA, 19 vs. CSU, 15 vs. NM). This total is the most points scored by a freshman all-time in Mountain West Men's Championships. The previous most was 52 points scored by UNLV's Dalron Johnson in 2000.
In three tournament games, New Mexico's Tony Snell connected on 12-of-20 three-point attempts (.600), including a 5-of-7 performance in the championship game.
The five made three-pointers from Snell ties a Mountain West championship record, also accomplished by San Diego State's Chase Tapley on Marc. 10, 2012 vs. New Mexico.
UNLV's Bryce Dejean-Jones also connected on five shots from deep, tying Snell and Tapley as only players to do so.
Rebels Bryce Dejean-Jones accounted for 17 of his teams last 20 points. He finished the game scoring 19 points and pulling down seven boards.
New Mexico used a 7-0 run late in the game to open up a nine point lead, the largest of the contest. All seven of the Lobos' points were scored by Snell.
Snell ended the game by scoring 13 of the Lobos' final 17 points. He finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
The Lobos turned the ball over only seven times, which is the second fewest giveaways in a championship game. The fewest turnovers in a championship game is six by San Diego State on Mar. 12, 2011.
Saturday afternoon's attendance of 18,500 was the largest crowd to attend the Mountain
West championship game.