Closing First-Half Run Fuels No. 25 UNM Past 'Dogs
Jan. 12, 2013
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. --- Without two key starters, the Fresno State men's basketball team suffered a 72-45 loss to the defending Mountain West tournament champion and 25th-ranked New Mexico in the Pit on Saturday afternoon.
Freshmen Marvelle Harris scored a team-best 11 points and Robert Upshaw added nine points, three boards and three blocks, but the Bulldogs' defense couldn't contain a Lobo squad that mixed a steady dose of pounding the paint and mid-range jumpers to register its 15th win of the season.
"We have to be more composed and it just comes down to execution," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and can't compound those mistakes. Our young guys are getting valuable experience, but we have to play at a higher level."
Harris posted his sixth career double-digit scoring effort and the third in his past four games and Upshaw registered his fourth game with at least three blocks.
After the 'Dogs cut their first-half deficit to three at 23-20 when Allen Huddleston converted a lay-up, the Lobos rattled off a 16-2 run into the break at halftime.
"We cut it to a one possession game and just had a couple of blown assignments on defense and we never recovered from it," Terry said. "We needed to close that half out the right way and we didn't."
In the first half alone, New Mexico shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field compared to just 34.8 percent (8-of-23) by Fresno State. UNM's Cameron Bairstow scored 15 first-half points - making all six of his field goal and all three of his free throws in the first 20 minutes.
UNM's Alex Kirk recorded a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Fresno State returns home to the Save Mart Center for a two-game homestand when the Bulldogs host Wyoming on Wednesday and Nevada on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. PT and the 1,500,000th fan in the Bulldogs' SMC history will enter the arena at some point during the week.
"Every 40 minutes you play in conference is big, and we have to be ready to go again on Wednesday (vs. Wyoming.)," Terry said.
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