No. 19 New Mexico gets 79-74 OT win over Boise St
By TODD DVORAK
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood was not about to let poor health get in the way of an important conference matchup with upstart Boise State.
Lobos coach Steve Alford said Greenwood was throwing up early Wednesday and feeling so bad in the hours before the game he sat out the shootaround, walkthrough and dinner with his teammates.
None of that mattered down the stretch. Greenwood sent the game into overtime when he drove a wide open lane for a layup with 54 seconds left in regulation, then sank a pair of key shots in overtime to lead No. 19 New Mexico (16-2, 3-0 Mountain West Conference) to a 79-74 victory over Boise State on Wednesday night.
"We were just trying to get him healthy . just to get him ready and having a chance was amazing," Alford said of Greenwood, who finished with 15 points. "I think our team feeds off that kind of toughness."
The Lobos did, beating a scrappy Boise State team in a hostile environment to win their third straight game and despite 27 points by the Broncos' Derrick Marks.
Tony Snell led the Lobos with 22 points on 7 of 12 from the field, including hitting 3 of 5 of his 3-point attempts. His point total is the highest since he put up 27 points against George Mason on Nov. 18. For Snell, the performance was a reminder he needs to be more aggressive on the court.
"It's just something that I've got to learn to be aggressive every game," he said. "I know it's conference time, and I'm trying to get another ring. That's my main focus. If I want to get another ring, I've got to play hard every game."
The Lobos also got 11 points from Kendall Williams, who returned after serving a one-game suspension for being late to a third team meeting.
Greenwood sent the game into overtime when he took advantage of a lapse by Boise State (13-3, 1-1) on defense and drove a wide-open lane for a layup, tying the score at 63 with 54 seconds left.
In overtime, the Lobos dominated defensively, forcing turnovers and bad Broncos shots. Snell and Greenwood combined for 9 of the Lobos' 16 points in overtime, and Snell's baseline jumper with 2:25 put the Lobos up 71-66, a shot that essentially slammed the door in a game with 13 ties and just as many lead changes.
Marks led the Broncos with 10-of-20 shooting. The loss snapped the Broncos' seven-game winning streak and was the first loss at home this season. Ryan Watkins and Mikey Thompson both scored 12 points and Jeff Elorriaga chipped in 11.
"We're not going to look back," Boise State coach Leon Rice said. "This league is going to be about these kinds of games. It's the team that can recover the quickest, recover from wins and losses. Every game is going to be like this."
Boise State led most of the second half and at one time led by nine points in the first half. The Broncos outshot the Lobos, hitting 43.1 percent from the field and 45 percent of its 3-point attempts. The Lobos shot 40.4 percent and made 42.9 percent from behind the arc.
But the Broncos had trouble holding on to the ball, turning it over 16 times and New Mexico had nine steals. But the Lobos were the better team from the free throw line, hitting 77.4 percent compared to 71.4 percent for the Broncos.
"They outscored us from the line by nine, and that's a big difference in a game like this," Rice said.
New Mexico was forced to play without center Alex Kirk early in the second half. Kirk, the Lobos' second-leading scorer and best rebounder, picked up his third foul with 18:52 to go and went to the bench. The Broncos, much smaller at nearly every position, got a lift from 6-foot-9 center Ryan Watkins on the ensuing possession when he scored on a putback to give the Broncos a 41-37 lead.
The teams traded baskets over the next 7 minutes, and when Kirk returned he played side-by-side with 6-9 forward Cameron Bairstow as the Lobos sought to take advantage of the size difference.
Kirk, who averages 12.5 points, finished 1-of-4 from the field for 10 points and seven rebounds. But he hit four free throws in overtime before fouling out with 2:09 left and the Lobos leading 71-66.
Updated January 17, 2013
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
It's a baseball round table from the winter meetings in Orlando, Rob Bradford talks with Ian Browne, Scott Lauber, Tim Britton, and Jason Mastrodonato.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys went over a list of the most annoying people to see on your flight.
The guys opened the show discussing the great reception Doc Rivers got last night at The Garden. They said it was not surprising and well deserved.
Boston College running back Andre Williams joined the show and discussed his record setting season. He said that he will work on his acceptance speech on the flight down to New York.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
We focus on multi-sport athletes in today's four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
No Jenny Dell today, but Mikey's back and we're answering questions bitches!
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.More from this show
We discuss the comers and goers for the Red Sox and the rest of MLB with former GM Steve Phillips, now of MLB Radio on Sirius XM.More from this show
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.More from this show
Ho, hum. We're live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, and it seems like everything of merit was done last week. We still discuss the Sox roster moves and potential for 2014.More from this show