ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Danny Granger didn't miss a shot in the
second half and scored 16 of his 24 points in New Mexico's 81-70
win over Northern Arizona Saturday.
Granger was 7-for-7 on field goals in the second half and had 10
rebounds to finish with his second straight double-double. He had
19 points and 15 rebounds in a 79-75 New Mexico loss at Oregon on
Granger hit 9 of 12 shots against Northern Arizona.
New Mexico, which squandered most of a 10-point first half lead,
broke it open with a 14-2 run to start the second half. Granger had
a 3-pointer, a three-point play and a pair of lay-ups to give the
Lobos (5-1) a 56-39 lead with 14:21 left.
Northern Arizona (2-3) was led by reserves DeJuan Stevens and
Clyde Hooks, each with 12 points. The Lumberjacks trailed by as
much as 22 points late in the game before closing with a 13-2 run
against the New Mexico bench.
The Lumberjacks went nine minutes without a field goal in the
first half to trail 28-18 with 7:46 left. Northern Arizona missed
12 field goals, and its only scoring was on four free throws before
Ruben Boykin ended the drought with a 12-foot jumper with 6:30 left
in the first half.
Despite its horrendous shooting, Northern Arizona rallied to cut
the New Mexico lead to 38-35 at halftime as Stevens hit a 3-pointer
from 42 feet at the buzzer.
A short hook shot by David Chiotti and 3-pointers by Granger and
Troy DeVries got New Mexico's early second half run going. Granger,
who played just nine minutes in the first half because of foul
trouble, took over on offense and on the boards. He scored his 16
second half points and had 7 rebounds in 12 minutes on the court in
the second half.
New Mexico shot 61 percent, but also gave the Lumberjacks 16
more shots by committing 25 turnovers.