"We're a gritty bunch. Our guys are grinding it
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
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
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’
defense to take a 33-19 halftime lead.
"Kendall (Williams) does what Kendall does,"
Alford. "He's a big-time player and we need him today because Tony
and Demetrius (Walker) never got going."
The Lobos looked to be able to escape in
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
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
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
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
seal the win.
"Hugh hadn't made a shot all night and then he
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
Greewood scored 14 and pulled in nine rebounds
registered a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling in 10
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
The Lobos outrebounded Indiana State 44-37, 34
-28 on the
defensive glass, though the Sycamores outscored UNM in the paint
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
New Mexico turned the ball over 13 times
Sycamores 11 but outscored ISU 17-9 in points off turnovers.
UNM shot a paltry 5- of 25 (205) in the second
shooting 50% (13 of 26) in the first half to finish with 22 of 57
shooting. ISU reversed that trend shooting 13 of 25 (52%) in the
after shooting just 8 of 27 (29.6%) in the first half. The
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%).