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New Mexico escapes with OT win over Wyoming, 66-61

Updated: 02/06/2014 2:11 AM | Created: 02/05/2014 11:29 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com

Fans in Albuquerque were treated to free basketball as New Mexico defeated Wyoming 66-61 in overtime.

Cameron Bairstow led the Lobos with 23 points and 11 rebounds, including a two handed slam to open the extra period. He made both free throws after he was fouled on a putback with just more than two minutes in the overtime to cement the win for New Mexico (18-4, 9-1 MW).

Wyoming (14-8, 5-4) utilized effective long range shooting to keep the game competitive. The Cowboys shot 7 for 19 from 3 point range, including a 4-6 perfomance by Riley Grabau (12 points).

New Mexico’s only 3-point bucket came from a very long shot by Cullen Neal in the first half. The Lobos were an abysmal 1 for 10 from the 3-point line.

Poor outside shooting didn’t deter a dominate inside game for the Lobos.

Alex Kirk dropped his own double double (15 points, 10 reb) and the Lobos outrebounded Wyoming 43-22. Wyoming’s leading rebounder, Derek Cooke Jr. grabbed six boards for the Cowboys.

Tied 57-57 with the last posession in regulation, Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr. created position to release a jumper over the outstretched arms of Kirk.

Deshawn Delaney a grabbed the rebound with seconds left on the clock, but the Lobos did not get a timeout called as time expired. Delaney (4 reb, 4 assists) scored his only points off an alley oop pass from Hugh Greenwood to give New Mexico a four point lead with 1:48 left to play. 

Wyoming would make back to back threes to take a 57-55 lead before Bairstow tied the game.

Kendall Williams was just 2-13 from the field in the game. However, his clutch free throws in overtime kept the Cowboys at bay. He finished with 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Neal’s 5 points would be the only offense to come off the bench for New Mexico.


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