'Pokes Sink New Mexico In First Conference Game, 88-83

Jan. 13, 2000

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Bradley Mann sank two free throws with 56 secondsremaining to lift Wyoming over New Mexico 88-83 in the Mountain West Conferenceon Thursday.

Mann's shots put Wyoming (11-5, 1-0 MWC) ahead to stay at 83-81 in a gamethat featured 17 lead changes and five ties.

On the ensuing possession for New Mexico (9-8, 1-1), Tim Lightfoot forced ashot that missed, and Wyoming's Anthony Blakes rebounded. Cowboy Brett McFallthen hit two foul shots with 22 seconds remaining to put Wyoming up by four.

Marlon Parmer's two free throws drew the Lobos within 85-83 with 17.3seconds but Blakes responded with two foul shots to ice it.

Josh Davis finished with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds for Wyoming.

Blakes had 20 points and nine rebounds and held the Lobos' leading scorer,Lamont Long, to eight points, 10 below his average.

McFall and Justin French scored 16 and 13 off the bench, respectively, forWyoming.

Damion Walker led New Mexico with 19 points and nine rebounds. Lightfootfinished with 16 points, while Wayland White added 12 and Parmer had 10.

Walker gave the Lobos their last tie, 81-81, with two free throws at the1:13 mark.

Wyoming led 48-40 after a follow shot by Marcus Bailey, but New Mexico cameback to lead 55-53 on a bank shot by Lightfoot with just under 13 minutes left.

New Mexico's last lead was 77-75 on a short jumper by Parmer with 3:24remaining. Wyoming tied it on a putback by French, then took the lead on jumperby Davis.

Wyoming, which trailed 10-3 but led 40-36 at the half, sank 7-of-8 from theline in the final minute.