Feb 26, 2002
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Guard Ruben Douglas scored 28 points and NewMexico's smaller frontline shut down Wyoming's big men in a 74-65 win Mondaynight.
New Mexico (16-10, 6-6 Mountain West) knocked Wyoming (18-7, 9-3) into a tiewith Utah for first place in the conference. The Lobos also ended a five-gamelosing streak against the Cowboys.
Douglas and New Mexico's other guards used their quickness to break downWyoming's defense. When Douglas wasn't scoring from the outside, he waspenetrating inside and getting fouled.
Douglas made the Cowboys pay for their fouls, hitting 13 of 14 free throws.His teammates weren't nearly as proficient, hitting a paltry 14 of 26 freethrows.
New Mexico sophomore center Patrick Dennehy, along with Moustapha Diagne,Chad Bell and Cody Payne held the two tough Cowboys to a total of 16 points.Nsonwu-Amadi finished with 11 points and Davis had just 5, his second worstscoring night of the season. The two, who came in averaging nearly 31 pointsand 24 rebounds a game, also had just 12 rebounds.
Jason Straight led Wyoming's scoring with 15 points.
New Mexico scored one of its bigger wins of the season despite getting offto one of its slowest starts. The Lobos hit just 1 of their first 15 shots inthe game's first nine minutes.
But Wyoming was unable to capitalize on the Lobos' drought and led only 11-3with 11:25 remaining in the first half.
New Mexico's offense finally got rolling and the Lobos responded by hitting11 of their next 12 shots. That kicked off an 11-0 run and New Mexico would nottrail again.
Douglas hit all 13 of his free throws in the second half and twice hit atrio of free throws after being fouled on 3-point shots.