New Mexico vs Brigham Young

Hobson's last-second block helps New Mexico edge BYU wire reports

PROVO, Utah -- No. 10 New Mexico clinched the top seed in the Mountain West Conference tournament and a share of the regular-season title by defeating fellow heavyweight Brigham Young.

Perhaps just as important, the Lobos sent the No. 13 Cougars a message.

"It's a huge statement to beat a team like BYU at home with the record they have here," said Dairese Gary, who had 23 points in the 83-81 victory. The Cougars had won 21 straight at home.

Darington Hobson added 20 points and 14 rebounds for New Mexico (27-3, 13-2), and his block in the closing second preserved the school's first win in Provo since 2000.

"It's a big win for our city, the state and our program," Hobson said.

Michael Loyd Jr. scored all of his career-high 19 points in the second half to lead the Cougars (26-4, 11-3). He played in place of Jimmer Fredette, the league's leading scorer, who scored six points and played only 59 seconds of the final half because of a stomach problem.

Tyler Haws added 18 points for BYU.

The Cougars went to power forward Noah Hartsock to try to tie the game as the clock wound down. He had a mismatch against Gary, who went for the steal and missed, but Hobson came over to block Hartsock's shot in the paint with one second left.

"Dairese switched to a big," Hobson said. "In our defense, we help. I just tried to make a play and keep it as clean as possible."

Gary tipped away an inbounds pass as time ran out.

"It was a great college game, a great atmosphere," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "Two great teams went down to the wire. We had our chances and they didn't go our way."

With the win, the Lobos set records for consecutive conference wins with 13 and consecutive conference road wins with seven. They also set a school record with 10 road wins this season.

"Our guys have proven themselves all year on the road," Lobos coach Steve Alford said. "To win back-to-back championships in a conference like this is saying something, and to win 13 in a row is saying something."

Gary missed four of six free throws in the final five minutes in front of a sellout crowd of 22,644. Will Brown missed two more with 0.9 seconds left, but the Lobos still held on.

"It was a fast-paced game from beginning to end and you felt your arms and legs get heavy," Gary said. "The crowd was wild and it feels like the floor is shaking under you."

Loyd Jr. made eight of nine shots after he replaced Fredette early in the second half.

"Jimmer lost his energy," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I felt we needed more energy at that position and Mike did a great job."

Loyd made a fastbreak layup and then dunked with 59 seconds left to tie the game at 80, but A.J. Hardeman grabbed the offensive rebound after a miss by Gary and scored with 42 seconds left to give New Mexico the lead.

Gary made one of two free throws with 28 seconds left for an 83-80 lead, and New Mexico survived to reach 6-0 against ranked teams this year.

"We still have to prove ourselves," Hobson said, "but we're doing a good job of it."

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Darington Hobson (bottom) and his teammates are fired up after holding off BYU.  (US Presswire)
Darington Hobson (bottom) and his teammates are fired up after holding off BYU. (US Presswire)
New Mexico #10 (27-3) «434083
Brigham Young #13 (26-4)354681
NM:Dairese Gary 23 Pts
NM:Darington Hobson 14 Reb
NM:Dairese Gary 6 Ast
BYU:Michael Loyd Jr. 19 Pts
BYU:Jackson Emery 7 Reb
BYU:Noah Hartsock 3 Ast

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Brigham YoungNew Mexico
Michael Loyd Jr.
Darington Hobson
New Mexico Lobos
D. Hobson, G-F388-181-1144120
D. Gary, G377-128-1426223
R. Martinez, F376-120-171215
P. McDonald, G323-70-04249
A. Hardeman, F203-60-06056
W. Brown, F194-60-24048
N. Garth, G131-30-21402
J. Fenton, G30-00-00000
C. Adams, G10-00-01000
C. Dennis, GDid Not Play
K. Nelson, GDid Not Play
M. Staff, FDid Not Play
Totals 32-649-2039171883
Brigham Young Cougars
T. Haws, G365-135-512018
J. Emery, G353-93-471411
N. Hartsock, F314-80-06328
J. Fredette, G163-70-02206
C. Miles, F-C121-52-32114
J. Tavernari, G-F274-100-16248
M. Loyd Jr., G248-92-242319
B. Davies, F112-43-61017
C. Abouo, G-F80-00-01130
L. Magnusson, FDid Not Play
L. Morgan Jr., GDid Not Play
B. Zylstra, G-FDid Not Play
J. Anderson, F-CDid Not Play
Totals 30-6515-2130141881
Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Colorado St.13-524-1266
Boise St.12-620-1272
Fresno St.11-720-1376
New Mexico10-817-1486
San Diego St9-919-1498
San Jose St.7-1114-16191
Utah St.7-1114-17181
Air Force4-1412-21251

West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys16-229-517
San Fran.10-820-1394
Santa Clara10-817-16125
San Diego6-1213-18204
Other games
Michigan 55 Final
Ohio St 66
PITT 71 Final
St John's 64
ND 78 Final
Kentucky 65 Final
Tenn 74
VANDY 89 Final
Arkansas 72
Baylor 70 Final
Oklahoma 63
Cincinnati 68 Final
W Virg 74
Texas 58 Final
Tx A&M 74
Kansas 77 Final
Okla St 85
San Fran 69 Final
Missouri 53 Final
K-State 63
Illinois St 55 Final
N Iowa 61
NOVA 77 Final
Syracuse 95