New Mexico was humbled for one game, with an atrocious offensive performance leading to its first conference loss. But the Lobos bounced back with a gritty road win to maintain control atop the Mountain West Conference standings and now have a chance to keep rolling.
They appear to be on the right side of a mismatch on Saturday when they host Nevada, the conference's worst road squad with a 2-6 record away from home. Conversely, New Mexico is 10-1 at home this season and 35-7 at The Pit in conference play in six years under coach Steve Alford.
The 20th-ranked Lobos (18-3, 5-1) shot just 25.0 percent in a 55-34 loss at San Diego State on Jan. 26 - their fewest points scored since 1976. They rebounded to shoot 48.1 percent in a 63-59 win at Wyoming on Wednesday, when Cameron Bairstow scored a season-high 17 points.
Hugh Greenwood proved to be New Mexico's closer, hitting a jumper with 8 seconds left and draining two free throws moments later after a Wyoming turnover.
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