Southern California vs New Mexico

Lobos (9-0) survive Trojans wire reports

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico coach Steve Alford came away from Wednesday night's game with Southern California pretty impressed with a long stretch turned in by his 18th-ranked Lobos.

"From about five minutes to go in the first half to five minutes to go in the game, that was 20 minutes of a really high level of basketball for us," Alford said. "And that was very good to see."

Buoyed by that stretch, New Mexico (9-0) beat the Trojans 75-67.

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"I thought our effort and intensity tonight was even up a level," Alford said. "Maybe it was because we started making some shots."

USC (3-5) used a 7-0 run to take a 28-18 lead with 8 minutes to go in the first half before things started to turn around in the Lobos' favor.

New Mexico closed the half on a 25-6 run that all but decided the outcome.

"You're down 10 and you end up going up nine at half," Alford said. "So you have a 19-point turnaround in one half."

Hugh Greenwood, who led all scorers with 17 points, hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes, including one at the shot-clock buzzer with 5 seconds left in the half to give New Mexico a 43-34 lead.

Over the final seven minutes of the first half, New Mexico connected on 8 of 11 shots from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

"That killed us," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said. "We didn't guard anybody. We couldn't guard a lunch in a kindergarten class. The game was really won in the last seven minutes of the first half."

Alex Kirk added a double-double for the Lobos with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Kendall Williams contributed 13 points and a season-high nine assists.

Five Trojans scored in double figures, led by 14 from Eric Wise, but that couldn't prevent USC from losing its fourth straight.

New Mexico's lead grew to 59-42 before the Trojans closed the gap behind a 13-2 run that made it 70-65 with 2:13 left.

"We cut it to five and we had our chances," O'Neill said.

But Williams followed with a 3-pointer for New Mexico to break the streak.

"You get a 17-point lead at home there are a lot of things to go wrong to be caught," Alford said. "I thought USC did a good job of continuing to play extremely hard."

The Trojans did turn in one of their better shooting performances, going 27 of 51 from the field, prompting O'Neill to say, "I liked the way we played offense."

New Mexico also shot above 50 percent (28 of 54) and also won the rebounding battle 31-23, which made Alford smile.

"It was good to see some guys make some shots," he said. "They've been working awfully hard on things. Plus eight on the glass again playing the biggest team we've played all year. A lot of positives out of this one."

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The Lobos' Hugh Greenwood gets it done from beyond the arc, hitting five 3s on his way to a team-best 17 points. (AP)
The Lobos' Hugh Greenwood gets it done from beyond the arc, hitting five 3s on his way to a team-best 17 points. (AP)
Southern California (3-5)343367
New Mexico #18 (9-0) «433275
USC:E. Wise 14 Pts
USC:D. Dedmon 9 Reb
USC:B. Wesley 4 Ast
NMEX:H. Greenwood 17 Pts
NMEX:A. Kirk 13 Reb
NMEX:K. Williams 9 Ast

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Southern CaliforniaNew Mexico
Dewayne Dedmon
Alex Kirk
Southern California Trojans
B. Wesley, G374-84-544112
J. Fontan, G334-112-203211
E. Wise, F296-92-222314
D. Dedmon, F296-70-090112
J. Terrell, G234-90-022311
C. Bryan, G152-20-13424
A. Fuller, F110-00-02010
O. Oraby, C111-11-20023
G. Allen, G80-20-00010
A. Stewart, F20-10-01000
B. Taylor, G20-10-00100
S. Gavrilovic, F10-00-00000
R. Woolridge, FDid Not Play
J. Blasczyk, CDid Not Play
D. Munoz, GDid Not Play
T. Sugiyama, GDid Not Play
Z. Banner, FDid Not Play
Totals 27-519-1223161667
New Mexico Lobos
A. Kirk, F-C365-92-2130313
K. Williams, G355-111-239013
H. Greenwood, G306-110-223017
C. Adams, G-F273-60-04038
T. Snell, G253-51-11407
D. Walker, G132-70-00015
C. Thomas, G121-11-22113
C. Bairstow, F112-22-22036
N. Banyard, F61-10-02022
J. Fenton, G50-11-30001
C. Perez, GDid Not Play
K. Alford, GDid Not Play
D. Williams, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 28-548-1429171375
Pac 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona St.7-1115-18124
Wash. State6-1213-18163
Oregon St.1-175-27281

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
Other games
FLA 72 Final
FSU 47
UAPB 44 Final
USF 49 Final
GONZ 71 Final
WSU 69