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New Mexico’s Kendall Williams Sets Record, Shoots Down Colorado State’s Home Winning Streak

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The New Mexico Lobos took control of the Mountain West Conference on Saturday afternoon with a statement victory on the road at Colorado State.

In the win, junior guard Kendall Williams stole the show, set a record and single-handily struck down one of the nation’s longest home winning streaks.

It’s a day and a performance that Williams will certainly never forget. The 6-foot-4 California-native scored a career-high 46 points on Saturday afternoon. Williams was 12-of-16 from the field, including an untouchable 10-of-13 from distance. His ten 3-pointers set a Mountain West Conference single-game record.

In addition to those gaudy numbers from the field, Williams also managed to convert on 12-of-17 free throws, stuffing the stat sheet with five rebounds and four assists in addition to his scoring numbers. The performance for Williams could not have come at a more perfect time either, as the Lobos advanced to 10-2 within the MWC, taking a two-game conference lead in the process.

As for Colorado State, well the Rams saw their 27-game home winning streak come to an end off the hands of Williams. The Rams simply hand no answer and no response for the junior guard. This despite a 26-point, 15-rebound performance from star forward Colton Iverson.

Numbers aside, the path is set for the Lobos to claim the conference’s regular season title and as if the entire league schedule hadn’t been enough evidence of how crazy the Mountain West Conference Tournament will be, this game only added to that argument.

Williams and the Lobos will continue their quest for conference supremacy on Wednesday when San Diego State come to The Pit.

 

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Stanford





Both the New Mexico Lobos and Stanford Cardinal got a tough draw in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Both teams are capable of making a Sweet 16 run, but only one team will have the chance of doing so after this contest.

These No. 7 vs. No. 10 seed matchups are always very hard to predict. You don’t know if it is going to be a close one or a complete blowout, but that’s kind of how the entire NCAA tourney works out.

The Lobos just got done winning the MW tournament and have won nine of 10. The Cardinal have lost four in their last seven.

What to Watch For

Chasson Randle, Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow. There will definitely be other talented players on the court in this game, but those three are arguably the best.

Randle is leading Stanford with 18.7 points per game and can drop 20+ on any team in the tournament.

Williams is averaging 16.4 points per game and is shooting 40.4 percent from the three-point line. Bairstow could be the best player in this contest, though. He is putting up 20.3 points per game and has had quite the breakout season for the Lobos.

Prediction

I am going to have to go with the mid-major in this one. Both teams entered the season with relatively high expectations, but it is New Mexico that is coming off of a tournament championship and it is New Mexico that lost in its first game of the  dance last year as a No. 3 seed. You better believe that this team will be trying to avenge its loss from last season.

New Mexico 78 Stanford 62

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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