Scores

Final

New Orleans 71

(11-12, 6-4 Sun Belt)

New Mexico St 66

(5-18, 1-9 Sun Belt)

    9:05 PM ET, February 10, 2005

    Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    1 2 T
    UNO 36 3571
    NMSU 32 3466

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: B. McCalebb 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Mexico St: D. John 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    New Orleans 71, New Mexico State 66

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico State Aggies have struggled in the final minutes of this season's games and that didn't go unnoticed Thursday night.

    With his team trailing, New Orleans coach Monte Towe reminded his players of the Aggies' late-game woes. The Privateers rallied in the final minute for a 71-66 Sun Belt Conference win.

    "I just told them to go out and play tough and said (the Aggies) recent history is they've had trouble finishing games," Towe said.

    New Mexico State held a 66-65 lead in the final minute, but New Orleans took control and got four free throws by Bo McCalebb and Chad Barnes and a fast-break dunk by Shawn Malloy to rally for the win.

    Trailing by three, 69-66, the Aggies had a chance to tie the game but Duane John turned the ball over with seven seconds left.

    "You can't miss free throws and turn the ball over in the last few minutes of the game and we did both," said NMSU interim head coach Tony Stubblefield. "This is a game we should have won."

    In the final seven minutes, New Orleans was 10-for-11 from the free throw line, while NMSU was 5-for-12. Towe said it was his team's best performance from the line this season. New Orleans was 21-for-26 for the night.

    New Orleans (11-12, 6-4) outrebounded the Aggies 48-27. The 48 rebounds was a season-high for the Privateers.

    McCalebb led New Orleans with 24 points. It was his 12th straight game with 20 points or more. McCalebb, a 52-percent free throw shooter this season, was 6-for-6 against NMSU.

    The Aggies (5-18, 1-8) led 63-58 with 3:56 to play in the game. But a pair of layups by McCalebb, a steal and a layup by Todd Bostic and a free throw by Malloy put New Orleans up 65-63 with 1:53 to play. It was the Privateers' first lead in the game since the eight-minute mark of the second half.

    NMSU got a free throw by Mike Mitchell and an inside bucket by John to go up 66-65, before New Orleans took control in the final minute.

    "This was a great win for us," Towe said. "Our guys didn't give up. When we were down five, I told our guys we have to stop them every time and sure enough we did it."

    Bostic and Malloy added 12 points each for New Orleans.

    John led New Mexico State with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Jones added 13 points and Mitchell had 12.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNO
    NMSU
    Points 71 66
    FG Made-Attempted 22-58 (.379) 24-53 (.453)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 2-14 (.143)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-26 (.808) 16-27 (.593)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 5

    2004-05 Season

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