Troy Simons and Sam Logwood each scored 24 points off the bench as the Lobos held off a late surge by the Cowboys to beat Wyoming 119-114 in Laramie on Tuesday Night.
Logwood played arguably his best game of the season, making 11 of 12 attempts from the floor while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Simons was also efficient shooting the basketball, hitting eight of 11 shots on the night, including a team-high four three-point baskets.
Both teams shot well in an evenly-matched game, with UNM edging Wyoming in field goal percentage 62% to 58%. The Cowboys shot an impressive 56% as a team from behind the arc and forced 20 turnovers compared to 18 by New Mexico.
The Lobos entered the break with a 55-53 lead after Wyoming guard Alexander Aka Gorski made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left in the first half. New Mexico would open the second period on a 12-5 run, highlighted by a Logwood dunk with 16:50 to give the Lobos a 67-58 lead.
Wyoming would claw back to within three with just under 12 minutes to play, but a three-minute scoring drought from a Louis Adams layup at the 7:49 mark to a James basket with 4:55 remaining on the clock proved to be the difference in the game.
Senior guard Louis Adams led all scorers with a career-high 31 points in the losing effort. The native of Chicago, Illinois matched the combined point total of his five previous games, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Lobos in what turned out to be the highest scoring game in the history of Wyoming’s Arena-Auditorium.
Neither team played defense well as both offenses found regular open shots and transition baskets. New Mexico and Wyoming each had three players to score over 20 points, and the 119 points scored by UNM was the most scored against a Division 1 opponent since the Lobos scored 120 against Idaho in 1977.
With the win, the Lobos moved to 9-6 in Mountain West Conference play, 3.5 games behind league-leading Nevada with three games left in the year. The Lobos own victories against all three teams remaining on their schedule, with two home games against UNLV and Fresno State.