Ducks fall short in New Mexico

The Oregon Ducks (5-4) almost overcame a dismal first half performance with 13 turnovers but came up short in the second stanza and lost 68-61 to New Mexico (6-3) in Albuquerque. Oregon was plagued by mistakes in the first half and trailed at halftime 30-23.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Ivan Johnson (44) is fouled by New Mexico's Kyle Prochaska while shooting in the first half of a college basketball game at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)

The Ducks at one point in the second half trailed by as much as 11 but were able to take the lead after playing an aggressive man-to-man defense. However, New Mexico made a last minute run and put the lead back up to seven with less than a minute to play. Oregon was able to get the lead down to 3 points with 20 seconds left in the game, but a Brandon Lincoln's 3-point shot hit the front of the rim. David Chiotti came down with the rebound and was fouled. Chiotti subsequently iced the game from the free throw line.

Chiotti was the game-leading scorer with 18 points for New Mexico and Ryan Kersten and Mark Walters followed him with 14 apiece. Kevin Walter added 12 for the Lobos cause.

Malik Hairston's 16 points paced Oregon and Aaron Brooks overcame a scoreless first half to finish the game with 14 points. Adam Zahn was very productive coming in off the bench and finished the game with 13 points.

The Ducks shot .468 from the field on 22-of-47 but only took a total of 20 shots in the first half.

New Mexico finished the night shooting .469 from the field on 23-of-49 but was 10-of-23 from the 3-point arc.

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