Printed on: January 17, 2013

No. 19 New Mexico holds off Boise St.


Associated press

BOISE -- Tony Snell scored 22 points and Hugh Greenwood added 15 to lead No. 19 New Mexico to a 79-74 overtime victory over Boise State on Wednesday.

Snell and Greenwood dominated the overtime, teaming for nine of the Lobos' 16 points. The win was the third straight for the Lobos (16-2, 3-0 Mountain West Conference).

Derrick Marks scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting for Boise State (13-3, 1-1), which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped and have yet to beat New Mexico since joining the Mountain West last season.

Greenwood put the game into overtime when he took advantage of a Boise State miscue on defense and drove a wide-open lane for a layup, tying the score at 63 with 54 seconds left.

In overtime, New Mexico forced turnovers and poor shots. Snell's baseline jumper with 2:25 left put the Lobos up 71-66.

Boise State lost despite outshooting the Lobos. Boise State shot 43.1 percent from the field and hit 45 percent of its 3-point attempts. The Lobos shot 40.4 percent and made 42.9 percent from behind the arc. But the Broncos struggled holding on to the ball, turning it over 16 times and New Mexico had nine steals.

The game was back-and-forth throughout, with 13 ties and 13 lead changes.

New Mexico was forced to play without center Alex Kirk early in the second half. Kirk, the Lobos' second-leading scorer and best rebounder, picked up his third foul with 18:52 to go and went to the bench. The Broncos, much smaller at nearly every position, got a lift from 6-foot-9 center Ryan Watkins on the ensuing possession when he scored on a putback to give the Broncos a 41-37 lead.

The teams traded baskets over the next seven minutes, then Kirk returned and played side-by-side with 6-9 forward Cameron Bairstow as the Lobos sought to take advantage of the size difference.

Kirk, averaging 12.5 points per game, struggled offensively ending up with 10 points and seven rebounds. But he hit four free throws in overtime before fouling out with 2:09 left and the Lobos leading 71-66.

Around the Region

SAINT MARY'S 70, BYU 69: At Provo, Utah, the Gaels took one on the road in a key West Coast Conference battle, outscoring the Cougars 43-35 in the second half.

BYU's Tyler Haws had a game-best 23, and teammate Matt Olivo chipped in with 16.

Saint Mary's Stephen Holt hit five 3-pointers in the win, helping lift the Gaels to 14-4. BYU fell to 14-5 with the home loss.

Washington State 75, Utah 65: At Pullman, Wash., Mike Ladd had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead five Washington State players scoring in double figures in a win against Utah on Wednesday night.

Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge added 14 points each and DaVonte Lacy and D.J Shelton 10 apiece for the Cougars (10-7, 1-3 Pac-12), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Brandon Taylor had 13 points and Justin Seymour 11 for the Utes (8-9, 0-5).

Fresno State 49, Wyoming 36: At Fresno, Calif., Tyler Johnson scored 18 points, Tanner Giddings added 10 off the bench and Fresno State (7-9, 1-2 Mountain West) held Wyoming (14-2, 1-2) to 24 percent shooting in a victory.

Around the Top 25

No. 13 Butler 62, Richmond 47: At Indianapolis, Andrew Smith scored 15 points, Kellen Dunham added 11 and Butler (15-2, 3-0) used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond for a victory in its first Atlantic 10 Conference home game (11-7, 1-2).

MARYLAND 51, No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 50: At College Park, Md., Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left to lift Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) over N.C. State (14-3, 3-1).

UNLV 82, No. 15 SAN DIEGO STATE 75: At San Diego,

Anthony Marshall scored a season-high 20 points, and Justin Hawkins and Khem Birch scored off rebounds on consecutive possessions in the final 1:18 for UNLV. The Runnin\\\' Rebels outrebounded the Aztecs 43-31.

No. 16 Kansas St. 67, TCU 54: At Fort Worth, Texas, Rodney McGruder scored 21 points and Kansas State (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) stretched its winning streak to seven games with a victory at Big 12 newcomer TCU (9-8, 0-4).

No. 17 Missouri 79, Georgia 62: At Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross scored 15 points while surviving two spills, helping Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) rebound from its biggest setback of the season by beating Georgia (6-10, 0-3).

No. 18 Michigan St. 81, Penn St. 72: At State College, Pa., Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson, and Michigan State (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) held off Penn State (8-9, 0-5).

No. 25 MARQUETTE 69, SETON HALL 62: At Milwaukee, reserve forward Davante Gardner scored 17 points to lead Marquette (13-3, 4-0 Big East) over injury-depleted Seton Hall (12-6, 1-4), which had just eight available players.