Feb 9, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Danny Granger scored 30 points before being knockedout of the game by a blow to the chin and New Mexico was nearly flawless at thefree throw line in an 87-75 win over Wyoming Monday night.
Granger matched his season high point total by hitting 9 of 13 shots,including 11 of 13 free throws. New Mexico (13-8, 4-4 MWC) hit 29 of 31 freethrows.
Wyoming (9-12, 2-6) was led by Jay Straight with 19 points.
Granger, who also had 30 points against Wyoming in an 82-77 win by theCowboys in Laramie last month, was hit while trying to block a shot by Wyomingforward Joe Ries with 43 seconds left in the game.
Granger, the leading scorer in the Mountain West Conference, lay on thecourt for several minutes. After trying unsuccessfully to get to his feet, thegroggy Granger had to be helped off by teammates.
New Mexico went up 14-0 as Wyoming failed to score on its first 10possessions. The Cowboys missed several shots in that stretch and had seventurnovers before Mikel Watson hit a 3-pointer with 13:19 left in the firsthalf.
Wyoming, which finished with a season-high 11 3-pointers, steadily chippedaway at the deficit by hitting eight 3s in the first half. The Cowboys hittheir last five shots from behind the arc in the first half, but New Mexicostill managed a 40-30 halftime lead.
A field goal by Straight with 16:28 left got Wyoming within 44-41, but thatwas a close as Wyoming would come.
New Mexico point guard Javin Tindall hit a 3-pointer and after Cowboy DavidRottinghaus was called for a charge, Lobo Alfred Neale hit a 3-pointer. The two3s kicked off a 15-3 run by New Mexico that made it 59-44 with 12:44 left.
Wyoming cut the deficit to 61-54 with a 10-2 run that included seven pointsby Omoniyi Makun and a 3-pointer by Watson, but New Mexico stayed in front withits free throw shooting.
David Chiotti added 20 points and Neale had 17 for New Mexico.
The Cowboys lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games.