Friday, March 12, 2010
Halftime: New Mexico 39, San Diego St. 38
By Diamond Leung
LAS VEGAS -- The best half of the whole tournament was just played here at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Dairese Gary hit a floater with about four seconds left to give New Mexico its first lead, capping a half in which they were in comeback mode the entire time. The Aztecs scored the game's first 11 points and led by as many as 12, but the Lobos clawed their way back behind Gary, who has 14 points and has hit all five free throws.
Billy White's ankle apparently isn't bothering him during this game, as the forward leads all scorers with 17 points. White is a tough matchup down low because of his quickness. Thus far, he's 6-of-8 from the field and has hit all four of his free throws.
Darington Hobson had a relatively quiet half, as the Aztecs did a nice job of defending the perimeter. To Hobson's credit, he hasn't shown any sign of panic despite his early shots not falling. He has six points on 2-of-6 shooting, but also three assists.
Aztecs freshman Kawhi Leonard continues to impress, as the forward stepped out beyond the arc and hit two 3-pointers to start the game and put the Lobos on their heels. He has eight points and six rebounds already.