No. 23/25 Lobo men escape with 77-68 OT win
This story originally published on TheRedMenace.com
UNM's Kendall Williams. 24 pts vs. ISU
UNM's Kendall Williams. 24 pts vs. ISU
TRM Staff Writer
Posted Dec 1, 2012


Sophomore guard Hugh Greenwood hit a pair of timely thee-pointers in overtime and the nationally-ranked New Mexico Lobos outscored the host Indiana St. Sycamores 13-4 in overtime as UNM escaped Terre Haute with a 77-68 overtime victory before 6,080 at ISU’s Hulman Center to keep the Lobos undefeated.

"We're a gritty bunch. Our guys are grinding it like crazy," said UNM head coach Steve Alford. "We got stagnant in the second half. But this was a really good win for us and we have a huge week next week."

New Mexico (8-0, 23rd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 25th in the Associated Press poll) led by as many as 19 in the second half but Indiana State (4-2) battled back behind the play of Jake Odom, who scored 23 of his game-high 25 points in the second half comeback.

Kendall Williams scored a career-high 24 points for UNM, most of the scoring coming in the first half as New Mexico took the game over with a pair of 9-0 runs keyed by Williams’ offense and the Lobos’ stingy defense to take a 33-19 halftime lead.

"Kendall (Williams) does what Kendall does," said Alford. "He's a big-time player and we need him today because Tony (Snell) and Demetrius (Walker) never got going."

The Lobos looked to be able to escape in regulation when Williams drew a foul with 14 seconds left in the game and UNM up 64-62. But the junior guard missed both free throws and Odom raced back after the second miss and tied the game 64-64 on a lay up with two seconds left.

Odom’s lay up capped a 7-2 Sycamores run to end the game triggered by a trey from Justin Gant.

In overtime, Greenwood asserted himself. The Aussie hit a three pointer on UNM’s first possession of the extra period then Tony Snell added a jumper as the Lobos started on a 5-0 run to seize the initiative an the lead at 69-64. After an ISU basket, Greenwood hit a tough shot inside the lane then capped the run with a trey following a lay in by Manny Arop to give UNM a 74-68 advantage. Chad Adams then made 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"Hugh hadn't made a shot all night and then he steps up and makes two threes in overtime," said Alford. "Chad (Adams) did some big things for us and I thought that was key. This was a really good win for us."

Greewood scored 14 and pulled in nine rebounds while Adams registered a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling in 10 rebounds wile shooting 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Center Alex Kirk added 10 points and 4 rebounds while Cameron Bairstow came off the bench to add eight points and 11 rebounds.

The Lobos outrebounded Indiana State 44-37, 34 -28 on the defensive glass, though the Sycamores outscored UNM in the paint 30-24, mostly on drives by Odom.

Many Arop added 17 points and 10 rebounds for ISU and Dawon Cummings scored 10 points. The Sycamores bench outscored New Mexico’s reserved 17-10.

New Mexico turned the ball over 13 times compared the Sycamores 11 but outscored ISU 17-9 in points off turnovers.

UNM shot a paltry 5- of 25 (205) in the second half after shooting 50% (13 of 26) in the first half to finish with 22 of 57 (38.6%) shooting. ISU reversed that trend shooting 13 of 25 (52%) in the second half after shooting just 8 of 27 (29.6%) in the first half. The Sycamores finished with 23 of 59 shooting (39%).

The real difference came in free throw shooting as ISU shot just 18 of 30 (60%), missing many front ends of 1-on-1 opportunities as the Sycamores got UNM into foul trouble early in the second half and paraded to the line often. The Lobos by contrast hit 28 of 34 (82%).



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