N Arizona 70

(2-3, 1-2 away)

New Mexico 81

(5-1, 5-0 home)

    3:00 PM ET, November 27, 2004

    The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    NAU 35 3570
    UNM 38 4381

    New Mexico 81, Northern Arizona 70

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Danny Granger didn't miss a shot in the second half and scored 16 of his 24 points in New Mexico's 81-70 win over Northern Arizona Saturday.

    Granger was 7-for-7 on field goals in the second half and had 10 rebounds to finish with his second straight double-double. He had 19 points and 15 rebounds in a 79-75 New Mexico loss at Oregon on Monday.

    Granger hit 9 of 12 shots against Northern Arizona.

    New Mexico, which squandered most of a 10-point first half lead, broke it open with a 14-2 run to start the second half. Granger had a 3-pointer, a three-point play and a pair of lay-ups to give the Lobos (5-1) a 56-39 lead with 14:21 left.

    Northern Arizona (2-3) was led by reserves DeJuan Stevens and Clyde Hooks, each with 12 points. The Lumberjacks trailed by as much as 22 points late in the game before closing with a 13-2 run against the New Mexico bench.

    The Lumberjacks went nine minutes without a field goal in the first half to trail 28-18 with 7:46 left. Northern Arizona missed 12 field goals, and its only scoring was on four free throws before Ruben Boykin ended the drought with a 12-foot jumper with 6:30 left in the first half.

    Despite its horrendous shooting, Northern Arizona rallied to cut the New Mexico lead to 38-35 at halftime as Stevens hit a 3-pointer from 42 feet at the buzzer.

    A short hook shot by David Chiotti and 3-pointers by Granger and Troy DeVries got New Mexico's early second half run going. Granger, who played just nine minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, took over on offense and on the boards. He scored his 16 second half points and had 7 rebounds in 12 minutes on the court in the second half.

    New Mexico shot 61 percent, but also gave the Lumberjacks 16 more shots by committing 25 turnovers.

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