Wyoming 75

(7-6, 0-1 MW)

New Mexico 89

(14-2, 1-0 MW)

    9:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005

    The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    1 2 T
    WYO 31 4475
    UNM 49 4089

    Top Performers

    Wyoming: A. Dunn 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    New Mexico: T. DeVries 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    New Mexico 89, Wyoming 75

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It was the type of win New Mexico needed to make an early statement in the Mountain West Conference race.

    But the sight of Danny Granger having to be helped up The Pit ramp after the Lobos' 89-75 win over Wyoming Saturday night threw a huge cloud over the victory and, quite possibly, the rest of the season.

    "I'm not trying to fool you, we need Danny Granger to win the league," a somber New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay said.

    McKay said Granger, who is averaging 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds a game this season, was hurt while trying to block a shot, but McKay would not elaborate on the injury to his 6-foot-8 senior star.

    The Lobos (14-2, 1-0 MWC) survived this night without Granger -- considered the best player in the conference. But they will have a tough time making a run for the league title if the injury to Granger's left knee turns out to be serious and he's out for any extended time.

    McKay said the extent of the injury wasn't immediately known. Granger went out with 6:27 left in the first half and New Mexico in front 39-19. With Granger gone, Wyoming (7-6, 0-1 MWC) made a couple of runs and got within 52-44 with 14:16 left.

    But that's as close as the Cowboys would get.

    "I think we got tired," said Wyoming coach Steve McClain. "We played awfully hard to get it back within eight, but that's the problem when you get that far down."

    Granger returned to the bench in warmups midway through the second half, just in time to see the Lobos score eight straight points that put Wyoming away for good.

    In the game's first 12 minutes, it was Wyoming that needed help trying to stay with the streak-shooting Lobos, who hit 16 of their first 21 shots.

    "We came out with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm," McKay said. "This was a team effort. Others stepped up."

    Troy DeVries' 15 points led six New Mexico players in double figures. Alfred Neale, playing inside in place of Granger, finished with 11 points, while true freshman Tony Danridge matched his season-high with 10 points. Kris Collins added 13 points and David Chiotti had 14. Granger scored 12 points and had 3 blocks in the 12 minutes he played.

    New Mexico also got 4 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds from freshman Blake Harden, a former All-State player at Albuquerque's Hope Christian High School. Harden, who initially enrolled at Pepperdine, became eligible last month.

    New Mexico could do little wrong early on. Granger and DeVries, who hit three 3-pointers in the first half, sparked an 11-0 run that put the Lobos up 15-4 and forced the Cowboys to play catchup the rest of the night.

    Moments after Granger went out, the Lobos had a 47-23 lead, but Wyoming closed the half with an 8-2 run. The Cowboys extended their run through the first five minutes of the second half, outscoring New Mexico 12-2 to cut the deficit to 51-43 on a 14-foot jumper by Jay Straight and a short jumper inside by Alex Dunn.

    Straight led the Cowboys with 20 points and Dunn had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

    Chiotti hit a free throw and after Dunn hit one of two free throws, New Mexico scored eight straight points. Danridge hit a pair of field goals, Neale banked in a shot and DeVries scored off the board in traffic for a 60-44 lead with 10:45 left.

    "They came down and hit a couple of big shots and got the crowd back into the game," McClain said. "Not having Danny in there, we kind of took advantage of that, but they finally realized somebody had to step up."

    Another 8-0 run late in the game rebuilt New Mexico's lead to 72-51 with 5:14 left.

    "We showed we could still play without Danny," said Chiotti. "Danny makes us better, but we're still a good team."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 89
    FG Made-Attempted 29-63 (.460) 31-60 (.517)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-13 (.154) 6-17 (.353)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-20 (.750) 21-29 (.724)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 22

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