New Mexico Holds Off Dukes, 82-74
Nov. 14, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. - Host New Mexico shot 61.9 percent from the field in the second half to hold off Duquesne, 82-74, in the third and final game for each team in the round-robin NABC Classic at Albuquerque.
Kris Collins and Mark Walters led five New Mexico players in double figures with 19 points each. Martin Osimani paced Duquesne with a career-high 16 points.
Although New Mexico led from the 12:39 mark of the first half on, the Lobos did not ice the win until hitting eight of 10 free throws in the final 45 seconds of the game.
New Mexico led by nine with just over five minutes left in the first half before Duquesne closed with a Tyler Bluemling 3-pointer to cut the lead to 35-31.
In the second half, UNM built its single-digit lead to 12 on a David Chiotti dunk with 1:48 left before Duquesne went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 74-68 on a Bluemling 3-pointer from the left corner at the 48 second mark. From that point on the Lobos made a steady parade to the free throw line to seal the win.
New Mexico outshot Duquesne 51.1 percent to 45.3 percent. DU, which had five more field goals than New Mexico, was outscored from the foul line 26-8.
Bryant McAllister scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Duquesne. Kieron Achara posted his second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 55 seconds left. Jack Higgins also reached double figures with 12 points.
Alfred Neale hit all four of his 3-point attempts in adding 17 for New Mexico.