Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CBS on Davidson- UNM

Jeff Borzello:
Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Monday night (and soon-to-be Tuesday morning) …
Game of the Night: Tony Snell and the altitude help New Mexico come back and beat Davidson.
Davidson, one of the top mid-major teams in the country, jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first half against host New Mexico. Then altitude kicked in. And so did Snell. Those two (along with other factors) combined to help the Lobos win, 86-81. After losing Drew Gordon from last season, coach Steve Alford needed one or two of his role players to step forward and become a go-to-guy. That player could be Snell, who went for a career-high 25 points. New Mexico stopped relying on its perimeter shooting, and started to go inside -- where Davidson had trouble stopping the Lobos. Alex Kirk made several timely plays inside, and Davidson couldn't avoid foul trouble. New Mexico ended up going 38-for-44 from the free-throw line, whereas Davidson went 15-for-20. Moreover, the Wildcats hit just four 3-pointers in the second half. De'Mon Brooks was dominant when he was on the floor, scoring 22 for Davidson.
These game was telling for both teams. Despite the loss, the Wildcats are still certainly a game or two in March. As for New Mexico, it comes down to Snell. If he provides this sort of production on a nightly basis, the Lobos will be tough.

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