The Associated Press & Lee Faria
Updated: November 27, 2019 12:02 PM
Created: November 26, 2019 05:37 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Jaquan Lyle scored 14 points to lead New Mexico to a 59-50 win over Wisconsin in the consolation game of the Legends Classic Tuesday night.
Lyle was one of four Lobos (6-2) to score in double figures. Carlton Bragg, JJ Caldwell and Zane Martin scored 12 points each.
Wisconsin dropped to 4-3 with its second straight loss. Nate Reuvers led all scorers with 16 points. D’Mitrik Trice finished with 11.
The third all-time meeting between the Big Ten and Mountain West programs was a stylistic matchup with New Mexico’s up-tempo attack against Wisconsin’s deliberate, half-court approach.
Similar to its 62-52 loss to Richmond Monday, Wisconsin was able to slow the pace significantly. Lanes were clogged, room on the perimeter for ball-handlers to drive or shoot was at a premium and shots were contested as if these were two long-time rivals who knew what the other wanted to do
New Mexico shot 44% from the field (22 for 50), and 23.1% from 3 (3 for 13), while Wisconsin was 18 for 53 (34%) overall and 7.7% from 3 (2 for 26).
New Mexico led 29-20 at halftime, and twice extended its lead to as much as 10 in the second half. But Wisconsin would cut into the deficit.
Caldwell and Martin sandwiched layups 1:52 apart to give the Lobos a 54-50 lead. Caldwell’s crossover-and-driving layup with 3:24 remaining increased the Lobos’ lead to 52-45 and Martin’s layup with 92 seconds left sealed it.
The Lobos will play next on Sunday against Montana.
Watch a break down of the game in the video above.
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