Wyoming Holds Off New Mexico, 77-70

Jan. 14, 2006

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Brandon Ewing scored 23 points, including four three-pointers, as Wyoming beat New Mexico 77-70 in Mountain West Conference play Saturday.

The Lobos made a late run, converting three consecutive three-point plays. David Chiotti's three-point play with 50.5 seconds left brought New Mexico (11-6, 2-2 Mountain West Conference) within 71-66.

But Wyoming (10-7, 3-1) weathered the storm with strong free-throw shooting, hitting 17 of its last 18 attempts.

The Cowboys outscored the Lobos 11-4 to start the second half, going up 38-37 with 15:52 left. They went on a 9-3 run later in the period, gaining their biggest lead up to that point at 53-46 with 9:54 to go.

New Mexico shot poorly from the free-throw line, making only nine of 19 attempts, for 47.4 percent. Wyoming hit 18 of 21 attempts in the game, for 85.7 percent.

Steve Leven scored 16 points for Wyoming, and Justin Williams added 10 points and five blocked shots.

New Mexico's Mark Walters led all scorers in the game with 26 points. Chiotti added 19 for the Lobos.

Walters hit his first three shots and grabbed two steals as New Mexico outscored Wyoming 10-3 to start the game. The Cowboys came back with a 10-2 run to take a 13-12 lead with 11:19 to go.

After that, the lead changed 7 times before a final 9-0 New Mexico run, highlighted by three-pointers from Walters and Chiotti, put the Lobos up 33-27 at halftime.