Wyoming Drops First MWC Decision To New Mexico, 89-75

Jan. 8, 2005

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Troy DeVries' 15 points led six New Mexico playersin double figures and the Lobos, with leading scorer and rebounder DannyGranger out with a knee injury, beat Wyoming 89-75 Saturday night.

New Mexico (14-2, 1-0 MWC) dominated the Cowboys (7-6, 0-1) in the firsthalf, when Granger led a torrid shooting effort by the Lobos during which theyhit 16 of their first 21.

New Mexico led 39-19 when Granger - averaging 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds agame - went out with 6:27 left in the first half. He didn't play the rest ofthe game, but New Mexico was able to withstand a brief second half rally by theCowboys.

Moments after Granger went to the locker room, the Lobos extended their leadto 47-23. But with Granger out, Wyoming picked up some momentum and startedcutting into the deficit.

The Cowboy closed the first half with an 8-2 run, then outscored the Lobos12-2 in the first five minutes of the second half. A 14-foot jumper by JayStraight, who led the Cowboys with 20 points and a short jumper inside by AlexDunn got Wyoming within 51-43 with 15:11 left.

That was as close as the Cowboys would come.

New Mexico center David Chiotti hit a free throw and after Dunn hit one oftwo free throws, New Mexico scored eight straight points. True freshman TonyDanridge hit a pair of field goals, Alfred Neale banked in a shot and DeVriesscored off the board in traffic for a 60-44 lead with 10:45 left.

Another 8-0 run late in the game rebuilt New Mexico's lead to 72-51 with5:14 left.

Neale, playing in place of Granger, finished with 11 points, while Danridgematched his season-high with 10 points. Kris Collins added 13 points andChiotti had 14. Granger scored 12 points and had 3 blocks in the 12 minutes heplayed.

Dunn scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds for the Cowboys.