Boxscore
New Mexico 68, San Diego St. 59
Saturday, March 10, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Officials - David Hall, Verne Harris, Randy McCall
Attendance - 12168

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
New Mexico 34 34 68
San Diego St. 23 36 59

Recap


New Mexico 68, San Diego State 59: Tony Snell and Kendall Williams each had a team-high 14 points as the Lobos defeated the No. 21 Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference tournament final.

Drew Gordon finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the second-seeded Lobos (27-6), who won the conference tournament for the first time since 2005 and the third time overall.

New Mexico, which enters the NCAA tournament on a five-game winning streak, led by as many as 14 points in the first half before settling for a 34-23 halftime lead. The Lobos extended their advantage to 46-30 on Williams’ dunk with 13:03 remaining.

Top-seeded San Diego State (26-7) cut the deficit to 62-57 with 1:21 left after a pair of Xavier Thames free throws, but New Mexico made 6 of 10 free throws down the stretch.

The Aztecs saw their eight-game MWC tournament winning streak come to an end after shooting 37.1 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

Chase Tapley finished with a game-high 25 points and Jamaal Franklin added 16 points and 10 rebounds for San Diego State, which lost for only the second time in 10 games at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Aztecs, who reached the MWC finals for the fourth straight time, had won the previous two conference tournaments.

GAME NOTEBOOK: San Diego State fell to 4-2 and New Mexico improved to 2-1 all-time in the MWC finals. … The No. 2 seed in the conference tournament improved to 6-0 in the championship game. … The Lobos have won 12 of their last 14 games. … Eight of the Aztecs’ 15 turnovers came in the second half. … Hugh Greenwood had 10 rebounds for New Mexico.

New Mexico Lobos

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tony Snell 28:00 5-7 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 14
Drew Gordon 37:00 5-14 0-0 2-3 5 7 12 2 2 2 4 2 12
Hugh Greenwood 30:00 2-7 2-5 0-0 1 9 10 1 1 0 0 0 6
A.J. Hardeman 15:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 1 0
Kendall Williams 30:00 3-6 0-2 8-12 0 4 4 6 1 2 2 0 14
Cameron Bairstow 21:00 2-6 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 7
Jamal Fenton 10:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
Demetrius Walker 17:00 0-4 0-1 7-8 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 0 7
Phillip McDonald 11:00 3-6 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 8
Chad Adams 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 20-52 8-18 20-27 9 26 35 15 14 7 11 3 68
  38.5% 44.4% 74.1% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 11

San Diego St. Aztecs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jamaal Franklin 34:00 6-14 1-4 3-5 5 5 10 1 4 0 6 0 16
James Rahon 22:00 0-8 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0
Tim Shelton 18:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 3 0 3 1 2 0 1 0 2
Chase Tapley 35:00 10-21 5-9 0-1 0 5 5 0 4 0 1 0 25
Xavier Thames 30:00 1-6 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 4 3 2 3 0 4
Garrett Green 25:00 3-5 0-0 2-2 2 7 9 0 2 0 1 2 8
DeShawn Stephens 22:00 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 6 8 0 4 1 2 1 2
LaBradford Franklin 14:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 2
TOTAL 200 23-62 6-19 7-11 12 24 36 9 23 3 15 3 59
  37.1% 31.6% 63.6% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 15
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