New Mexico was hoping for a big game from Drew Gordon in the post against No. 11 UNLV on Saturday.
What he delivered far exceeded the Lobos' expectations.
Gordon scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in New Mexico's dominating 65-45 victory, its second in 48 hours over a ranked team.
''Twenty-seven and 20 against not just a team but against a top-15 team
in the country and you get 27 and 20, it's pretty special,'' New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. ''Our guys saw that and they kept going to him and I think that was a big positive.''
Gordon is just the fifth player in the last decade to record a 20-20 against a ranked team. He is the first since DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh did it in 2009 against Connecticut.
At one point in the second half, Gordon scored 10 consecutive points for New Mexico and later had eight points -- including the last six -- during a 16-1 run that left the Lobos (22-4, 8-2 Mountain West Conference) with a 52-37 lead. Tony Snell hit a 3-poin...