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No. 19 New Mexico outlasts Boise State in OT
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Tony Snell scored a team-high 22 points on 7- of-12 shooting from the field and Hugh Greenwood added 15 points, including a game-tying bucket under one minute remaining in regulation, as No. 19 New Mexico persevered in overtime to defeat Boise State, 79-74 Wednesday night.
Kendall Williams scored 11 points and dished out a game-high six assists, while Alex Kirk contributed 10 points, as the Lobos (16-2, 3-0 MWC) picked up their third straight victory.
"We just got a lot of good play and it wasn't an easy game," New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. "When you go on the road in this league there are going to be a lot of tight ones and we were fortunate to get another one."
Boise State (13-3, 1-1) was led by sophomore Derrick Marks, who registered 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field -- including 2-of-2 from behind the arc -- as the Broncos suffered their first loss since a Dec. 5 non-conference setback at Utah.
After both teams traded blows for most of the first half and a Jeff Elorriaga 3-pointer with 7:04 remaining before the break tied it at 23-23, Boise followed with nine straight points to put them ahead 32-23 with just over four minutes left before halftime.
The Lobos fought back though, and even had a chance to take a one-point lead into halftime, but Snell only made one free-throw attempt and the teams remained tied, 37-37 after 20 minutes.
After Chad Adam's tied the game at 45-45 with 12:01 left, Boise responded with a 7-1 run highlighted by Marks' trey which increased the lead to six. Minutes later however, back-to-back Jamal Fenton 3-pointers gave New Mexico its first lead of the second half, 54-53, with just under 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
Sure enough, Boise State took the lead back on consecutive baskets from Anthony Drmic, but a Williams layup with 1:37 left gave the Lobos a 61-60 edge. Marks struck back with his own answer, a 3-point dagger, giving the home team a two-point lead.
After a New Mexico timeout, Greenwood came up with a huge basket which tied the game at 63 with 55 seconds left. Williams would ultimately get a chance to knock down a jumper for the win, but it missed, and the game went to overtime.
The Lobos made the most of the opportunity, jumping out with an early 8-3 run, capped off by a Snell baseline jumper with 2:28 left in extra time which made it 71-66.
After Mikey Thompson nailed two free-throws, and New Mexico failed to capitalize on its next possession, Marks made it a two-point game, 71-69, by going 1-for-2 from the line. Greenwood thrived under pressure yet again, this time with a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, giving the visitors a 74-69 lead.
Thompson kept things interesting, as he made two more from the charity stripe and a 3-pointer with one second left to make it 77-74, but five free-throws over the last 15 seconds - three by Snell, two by Williams - helped New Mexico secure the win.
Boise State is now 7-1 at home this season ... The Broncos and have not picked up a win over a ranked opponent at home since Feb. 14, 2009 versus No. 21 Utah State ... New Mexico has now won four of its last five contests ... Thompson finished with 12 points and Ryan Watkins added 12 points and 10 boards.
01/17 02:09:41 ET
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