Updated: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012, 6:31 PM MST
Published : Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012, 6:31 PM MST
It took a second half rally but, Steve Alford's University of New Mexico Lobos found a way to outlast the Davidson Wildcats 86 to 81 early Tuesday morning. The game which was part of ESPN's Tip Off Marathon got underway a little after midnight. A crowd of over 14 thousand fans watched the visitng Wildcats jump out to a ten to nothing lead to start the game. As the Lobos struggled to make a basket, the Wildcats put on a three point shooting clinic. They would knock down 12 three point shots before the game ended and lead by as much as 16 points. The Lobos used their quickness to drive to the basket and force the wildcats into fouling. That would lead to 44 attempts at the line for the Lobos who converted on 38. The Wildcats would make 15 of 20 free throws. De'Mon Brooks scored 22 points in a losing effort for the Wildcats while Tony Snell scored a career high 25 points for the Lobos. Snell converted a three point attempt late in the game and also had a huge block on a Wildcats shot in the closing seconds. It helped the Lobos hang on to a slim lead and close out the game. Kendall Williams had 17 points in the Lobos victory, going 13 of 14 from the free throw line. Lobos Center Alex Kirk had 14 points along with 7 rebounds while guard Demetrius Walker scored 10. Hours after the game the Lobos boarded a plane for St.Thomas and the Paradise Jam Tournament.