Game 2: New Mexico Escapes at Home

13 Nov

New Mexico used its homecourt advantage to secure an 86-81 victory over the Davidson Wildcats.  Davidson scored the first 10 points of the game and jumped out to a 22-6 lead on the road in one of the toughest places in the country to play, The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The Wildcats were able to keep the Lobos at bay for most of the half until an Alex Kirk jumper cut the lead to 37-27 and with 1:34 to play in the half the lead was just six at 37-31.

Then a layup by Davidson’s Jordan Barnham, two New Mexico turnovers and two Tyler Kalinoski 3 pointers pushed the lead back up to 14 at the half 45-31.

In the second half the Lobos were able to climb back in the game largely on the back of Tony Snell’s career-high 25points.  New Mexico trailed 60-49 with 12 minutes left then proceeded to go on a 21-8 run capped by two Kendall Williams free throws to take a 70-68 lead.

Chris Czerpowicz hit a 3 pointer to cut the New Mexico lead to 81-78 with 40 seconds left.   After Kendall Williams made one of two free throws, it was Snell who blocked another Czerapowicz three attempt which led to a dunk sealing the Lobos’ win.

Williams added 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the win.  De’Mon Brooks had 22 for Davidson in the loss.

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