New Mexico coach Steve Alford came away from Wednesday night's game with Southern California pretty impressed with a long stretch turned in by his 18th-ranked Lobos.
''From about 5 minutes to go in the first half to 5 minutes to go in the game, that was 20 minutes of a really high level of basketball for us,'' Alford said. ''And that was very good to see.''
Buoyed by that stretch, New Mexico (9-0) beat the Trojans 75-67.
''I thought our effort and intensity tonight was even up a level,'' Alford said. ''Maybe it was because we started making some shots.''
USC (3-5) used a 7-0 run to take a 28-18 lead with 8 minutes to go in the first half before things started to turn around in the Lobos' favor.
New Mexico closed the half on a 25-6 run that all but decided the outcome.
''You're down 10 and you end up going up nine at half,'' Alford said. ''So you have a 19-point turnaround in one half.''
Hugh Greenwood, who led all scorers with 17 points, hit two 3-pointers in the closing minu...