Jan. 30, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Aaron Johnson tied his season-high with 14 rebounds and Darren Prentice's 3-pointer started a second-half scoring run by New Mexico that carried the struggling Lobos to a 91-83 win over Wyoming Tuesday night.
New Mexico (13-10, 2-6 MWC) won for only the second time in the last nine games as Johnson, who added 9 points, had his best game in conference play.
Wyoming (13-9, 4-4 MWC) got 21 points from Jones and James Spencer, but Ewing, the leading scorer in the conference with a 20.4 average, was held to a season-low 4 points.
It was only the second time this season Ewing has failed to score in double figures.
The Cowboys led through most of the first half but New Mexico took the lead for good on Prentice's 3 with 10:40 left. That snapped a 44-44 tie and kicked off a 12-3 run by the Lobos.
After Cowboys center Bienvenu Songondo hit a free throw, Lobo Roman Martinez hit a shot inside and Johnson followed with a 3-point play. Jones hit a pair of free throws for the Cowboys and New Mexico's J.R. Giddens countered with an offensive rebound basket. Giddens beat the Cowboys to the rim to retrieve his missed free throw and rolled the ball over the front of the rim. Martinez closed out the run with a layup off a steal.
Ewing found very few open shots against New Mexico's trapping and switching defense. He finished 2-of-12 from the field, 0-of-5 on 3-pointers. An 80 percent free throw shooter, Ewing was 0-for-3 at the line.
Reserve Ryan Kersten scored 20 points for New Mexico and Prentice 12. It was Prentice's ballhandling and passes to open teammates that kept New Mexico's offense in sync much of the night.