Last night, the No. 19 ranked New Mexico Lobos beat the Boise State Broncos 60-50. This victory gave New Mexico a 22-4 overall record and a 9-2 record in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico swept Boise State in the regular season series this season taking both meetings.
The top performers for New Mexico were Cameron Bairstow (16 points and seven rebounds), Alex Kirk (six points, 12 rebounds and three blocks), Kendall Williams (10 points and four assists), Tony Snell (12 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Jamal Fenton (11 points). Boise State was led by Derrick Marks, who had 19 points and seven rebounds. Marks was the only player from Boise State who scored in double figures.
Both teams had statistics that were almost identical for the most part. Their overall field goal percentages, three-point field goal percentages, total rebounds, total steals, total assists and total blocks were close. There was not a great deal of separation. However, there were a few statistics that made a difference in how the game turned out. New Mexico made 19 out of their 25 free throw attempts (76%) whereas Boise State made five of their 10 free throws (50%). New Mexico had 16 more free throw attempts than Boise State.
Playing aggressive on the offensive end gave New Mexico an upper hand in this match-up. New Mexico’s numerous free throws negated the fact that their team attempted less field goals and made less field goals compared to Boise State, but still won the game. New Mexico was 17 of 49 from the field (34.7%). Boise State was 20 of 54 from the field (37%). New Mexico continues to position themselves to be a Cinderella team next month when they go to the “Big Dance.”