New Mexico 84, New Mexico State 66

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- On his way off the floor Saturday night, a New Mexico State fan reminded New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay that the Lobos are now 1-and-29 in their last 30 games away from Albuquerque. True enough, but it mattered not to a coach and a team that for the first time in nearly three years got to celebrate a win on the road. Danny Granger's double-double, 22 points and 15 rebounds, led New Mexico to an 84-66 win over New Mexico State, ending the Lobos' 29-game losing streak away from The Pit. It was the first win away from Albuquerque for New Mexico (7-1) since Jan. 28, 2002, when the Lobos beat Colorado State in Fort Collins. The Lobos had lost 27 road games and two games on neutral floors since then Twenty-two of the losses occurred since McKay took over the program in 2002. "I haven't thought of it as a streak," McKay said. "We just thought of it as our next game. The biggest positive is we don't have to answer the question anymore." Granger made sure the streak went no further. He hit 8 of 15 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers and added six assists and three blocks against the overmatched Aggies (3-4). It was the second lopsided win for the Lobos over the Aggies this week. New Mexico won 99-80 in Albuquerque on Wednesday, with Granger scoring 24 points in that win. "The road losing streak has gone on so long, that's all anyone's talked about," said Granger. "It's a negative thing on our record, but now it's gone. We have confidence we can win on the road and that's huge." "We played some good teams away, but we're not making excuses and we're not living in the past," McKay said. "This team is a lot different than the team we had my first season or the team we had my second season." Mike Mitchell, with a season-high 24 points and Trevor Lawrence with 18 points and 7 rebounds, led New Mexico State. Mark Walters scored 17 points and hit three of the Lobos' 10 3-pointers. Center David Chiotti scored just 5 points, all at the free throw line, but had 10 rebounds as New Mexico outrebounded the Aggies 27-10 in the second half. Granger and Chiotti had 13 offensive boards. "They have guys that hit big shots at opportune times," said interim NMSU coach Tony Stubblefield. "They were more aggressive." Granger and Walters repeatedly hit big shots in the second half, when the Lobos pulled away from a 44-43 lead. The Lobos outscored the Aggies 18-7, with Granger scoring seven points in that stretch. Walters finished the run by intercepting an Aggie inbound pass and scoring on a dunk. NMSU got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. "We had some mental breakdowns and they took advantage of them," Mitchell said. "When we got up by 10, we went for the jugular," Mitchell led an early run by the Aggies, scoring 10 points in the first 9½ minutes. A basket by freshman point guard Josh Jenkins put the Aggies ahead 25-20 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. "We might have been caught a little off guard, but you've got to expect that in a rivalry game," said Granger. Runs by New Mexico of 14-2 and 8-0 late in the first half gave the Lobos a 42-37 halftime lead. New Mexico State hit just 11 of 28 shots in the second half (39 percent) after hitting 15 of 28 shots in the first half.

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