New Mexico tops Boise State 76-61

New Mexico tops Boise State 76-61

New Mexico tops Boise State 76-61

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 9:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In his final home game, New Mexico's Drew Gordon scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Lobos overcome a second-half deficit and claim at least a share of the Mountain West regular-season title with a 76-61 victory over Boise State.
 
Hugh Greenwood added 15 points for New Mexico (24-6, 10-4), while Derrick Marks scored 17 to lead the Broncos (13-16, 3-11).
 
Boise State led 52-48 with 8:15 left after Marks banked a shot in.
 
But the Lobos countered with a 10-2 run to regain control of the game, with Greenwood tying it at 54-all on a steal and a layup. On the ensuing possession, Greenwood picked off another one and fed Gordon, who was fouled. After he converted both attempts from the line, New Mexico never trailed again.
 
Boise State owned a 20-11 lead midway through the first half as Jeff Elorriaga had three 3-pointers and Ryan Watkins came off the bench to score seven of his 16 points.

New Mexico, however, would shut down Elorriaga the rest of the way, preventing him from scoring again.
 
The Lobos found the hot hand late in the first half, closing it with a 15-5 run to take a 35-30 lead into halftime.
 
The Broncos still trailed just 58-56 with 4:54 left before Snell connected on a 3-pointer, his first basket after six unsuccessful attempts.
 
A loss by San Diego State later Saturday would give New Mexico the conference crown outright.

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