Dartmouth 60

(1-7, 0-6 away)

New Mexico 66

(8-4, 8-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    1 2 T
    DART 18 4260
    UNM 35 3166

    Top Performers

    Dartmouth: C. Flynn 13 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    New Mexico: D. Chiotti 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    New Mexico 66, Dartmouth 60

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) -- New Mexico's second tallest man is gone, but the biggest man remaining came through inside to help the Lobos to their 17th straight win at home.

    David Chiotti, a 6-foot-9 senior, scored 15 points to led New Mexico to a 66-60 win over Dartmouth in the first round of the Lobo Invitational on Wednesday night.

    "Not only did he score some big shots for us, but he did a good job defensively as well," New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay said of Chiotti.

    Missing from the team Wednesday night was Joel Box, a 6-foot-8 forward who quit this week. Box was projected as a starter for New Mexico coming into the season, but he never got into the starting lineup and when he did get into a game he didn't play much. He averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while playing an average of just under 10 minutes a game.

    Another Lobo with some size, 6-foot-5 Tony Danridge, added 11 points in the win over Dartmouth along with 11 points each from Jeff Hart and Mark Walters. Chiotti finished with seven rebounds to lead the team.

    The Lobos (8-4) withstood a late Dartmouth charge. After going 0-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Big Green made its first six 3-pointers after the break and eventually cut New Mexico's lead to six. The Big Green (1-7) hit 8 of 10 from 3-point range in the second half.

    The Lobos stayed ahead by pounding the ball inside to Chiotti and getting a key layup from Hart.

    Dartmouth was led by Chuck Flynn and Leon Pattman, who finished with 13 points each. Mike Lang added 11.

    Dartmouth made its first field goal, by Flynn, at the 19:01 mark and it took another seven minutes before Johnathan Ball added two more points from the free throw line to make it 14-2. The team missed 10 straight field goals until Brian McMillan hit a jumper to end the drought at 10:12.

    Dartmouth trailed 35-18 at the half.

    "I thought they did a good job in the first half of taking us out of our offensive style of play," Dartmouth coach Terry Dunn said. "We did a lot better with our offense in the second half, with being able to knock down shots."

    The Big Green improved its shooting to 60 percent after the break, hitting 15 of 25 shots from the field along with the eight 3-pointers.

    The Lobos jumped out to a 14-2 lead on a pair of 3-pointers from freshman point guard Ryan Kersten. Hart stretched the lead after hitting 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions.

    The game was delayed for 13 minutes in the first half when the shot clock over the south basket malfunctioned.

    In the tournament's second game, Texas-Arlington beat Radford 83-66. The Lobos will play Texas-Arlington in the final round Thursday night, while Dartmouth will play the Radford in a consolation game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 66
    FG Made-Attempted 22-48 (.458) 18-39 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 5-11 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-10 (.800) 25-29 (.862)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

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