The Lobos opened the game with a 7-0 run and never relinquished the lead in an impressive 81-70 win over Boise St. at Taco Bell Arena on Tuesday Night.
Tim Williams led all scorers with 19 points on 8-16 shooting from the field, while guard Elijah Brown added 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
It was was one of the most balanced games offensively for UNM this season, as four Lobos scored in double digits, with Sam Logwood and Jordan Hunter combining for 27 points off the bench.
Logwood, a 6-7, 210 pound junior from Indianapolis, IN, scored 12 of his 16 points as part of a 12-2 run for the Lobos that helped extend UNM’s lead at the break to 49-31.
Boise State would close the margin to just two points with 6:07 left in the game when Paris Austin made a layup. UNM head coach Craig Neal would call a timeout to stop the momentum of Boise State and regroup his team to help prevent another late game collapse, something that has been a trend for this team this year.
Instead of giving up a late lead like they did to UNLV and Nevada, the Lobos closed out the victory with clutch free throws by Brown and Jalen Harris, while limiting the Broncos to just three points in the final 2:30 of play.
“They were a special group in the first half,” said Neal after the game. “We got off to a slow start in the second half, but we settled in and got stops. I am proud of these guys. They have been through a lot the last two weeks, but it has made us stronger as a group.”
The win moves the Lobos to 11-8 on the season and 4-3 in Mountain West Conference play, just one game behind league-leading Nevada.
UNM continues their season on Saturday with a home game against Wyoming at 6:00 pm MT.