Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 11:40 PM MST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 11:40 PM MST
Albuquerque (KRQE) - For the first time since the 1997 and 78 season, the University of New Mexico Lobos are 17 and 2. Steve Alford's 15th ranked Lobos also earned a two game lead in the Mountain West Conference with a 66 to 61 victory over Colorado State. Lobos junior guard Tony Snell scored 23 points in the win. Senior forward Chad Adams was the only other Lobo in double figures scoring 13 points on 3 of 5 shooting. The Lobos led by as much as 22 points but, a scoring drought lasting over 7 minutes helped the Rams to turn the game into a single digit deficit late. The Rams proved they are the best in the nation on the glass, outrebounding the Lobos 42 to 28. Alford called the Rams performance on the backboard, "relentless."The difference was behind the arc and at the free throw line. The Lobos shot 43.8 percent from the three point range and was 80.8 percent from the line. The Rams were 28.6 percent from three point range and hit only 56.5 percent of their free throws. The Lobos are now 4 and 0 in Mountain West play. The Rams are 2 and 2. San Diego State is the next team in line for New Mexico. The Aztecs will host the Lobos Saturday.