UNM MBB overwhelms Eagles in 76 Classic

Drew Gordon scored a game-high 21 points and pulled in 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season to lead the UNM men's basketball team to a victory over Boston College 75-57 Sunday afternoon in the consolation championship of the 76 Classic Tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

"We got him some shots," said head coach Steve Alford. "I think it's the guys looking for him, but I think it's Drew being in the right position and demanding the ball. I don't think he had done as good a job posting as he needs to. It's about playing at a level where you demand those types of things (getting the ball)."

Gordon, a senior forward, went 9-of-14 overall from the field and hit three free-throw attempts to score his season high and his 17th double-double of his college career and sophomores Tony Snell and Kendall Williams added 13 points and 10 points respectively for New Mexico (4-2). Boston College falls to 2-4 on the season.

"The guys really took some positive steps forward in what we are trying to do," said Alford. "I thought the last two games we've been able to get out in transition. We were able to do a lot of the things we wanted to do on offense because of what the guys were doing on defense."

The Lobos never trailed and started the game with a 20-5 run keyed by Gordon, who scored the first four points before UNM diversified its attack and relentlessly hounded the Eagles on defense. New Mexico scored 10 points off Boston College turnovers and outscored the Eagles 16-to-4 in the lane as they took a 41-25 lead.

UNM shot an outstanding 17-of-28 from the field (61%) in the first half compared to BC's 9-of-26 shooting (35%).

In the second half, the Lobos pushed the lead higher, eventually peaking at 56-34 on a Hugh Greenwood jumper with 13:44 left in the game. The Eagles would mount a comeback, pulling to within 62-54 with 3:52 left after a 10-0 run

Greenwood finished with five assists and no turnovers to finish the tournament with no turnovers and 16 assists in the last four games.

"That has to be close to a school record for a four-game period," said Alford. "He didn't have a turnover at Arizona State and he didn't have a turnover in this entire tournament. In all his minutes here, he has no turnovers. He is doing a really good job of taking care of the ball and making sure we are getting into our offense."

Matt Humphrey and Lonnie Jackson paced BC with 12 points each.

Jamal Fenton and Demetrius Walker came off the bench to score nine and eight points each and Cameron Bairstow came back from the food poisoning that limited him Thursday and kept him out of Friday's game to score two points and haul in four rebounds in five minutes of play. UNM got scoring from 9-of-10 players. The Lobos out-rebounded the Eagles 37-to-24, dominating on the defensive boards with a 29-16 advantage.

The Lobos next play Idaho State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at The Pit.

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