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December 1, 2012Somehow, the New Mexico Lobos won again Saturday afternoon.
The Lobos didn't shoot well, one of their key players was invisible, the bench production was below average and UNM managed to improve to 8-0. New Mexico is ranked No. 25 and has yet to play well for more than a half.
The Lobos beat Indiana State 77-68 in overtime. Sophomore guard Hugh Greenwood, who had had little impact during regulation, scored eight points in the OT to give UNM the win.
New Mexico led by as many as 19 points (40-21) early in the second half. Then it couldn't throw the ball into the ocean and the 4-2 Sycamores came storming back. The only time ISU caught up with the Lobos was with 2.3 seconds left at 64-64, forcing the extra period. Behind Greenwood, UNM outscored Indiana State 13-4 in the OT.
Kendall Williams was the star for the Lobos this time, which was a turnaround from his last game. Williams had scored two points earlier in the week against Mercer, but he had 24 points in this game. He was 8-for-11 at the foul line and played 43 of the 45 minutes.
Senior Chad Adams, who moved into the starting lineup last week, had his best game as a Lobo with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double. Greenwood finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The invisible man for UNM was Tony Snell. He got two quick fouls and the junior guard played 20 minutes with only seven points, no assists and two turnovers.
Cameron Bairstow came off the bench to score eight points, but New Mexico's reserves finished with only 10 points. Demetrius Walker and Jamal Fenton were scoreless. Combined, they were 0-for-9 from the field. Walker had no points and two turnovers and fouled out after playing just 17 minutes.
``Tony and Demetrius never got into a rythm,'' UNM coach Steve Alford said. ``I thought Kendall made some really good shots. They made a good run in the second half and we weren't shooting well.''
Alford was happy with Adams' performance. ``Chad played well. Since he has moved into the starting lineup, he has played well for us.''
The Lobos are 4-0 at home, but more impressively, they are 4-0 away from the Pit. UNM won three games in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands before this road win.
New Mexico plays Southern Cal on Wednesday in the Pit and Valparaiso visits next Saturday.
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