Notes - Washington/New Mexico

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Washington Huskies advance to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in school history, fourth since 1998 and the third time during Head Coach Lorenzo Romar's seven seasons in Seattle. Saturday's win marks the fourth time Washington has won an NCAA Tournament game by at least 18 points.

--The Huskies also have 18-point victories over Seattle University (92-70 in 1953) and Pacific (97-79 in 2005).

--Their largest NCAA Tournament margin of victory came against Texas (62-40) in the first round of the 1951 Tournament.

--The only other time Washington was a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies defeated Xavier and Richmond to advance to the Sweet 16 before losing to sixth-ranked Connecticut (75-74 loss in Greensboro, NC).

--New Mexico has never won back-to-back NCAA Tournament games, thus the Lobos haven't advanced to the Sweet 16 since the current 64-team format was adopted with the 1985 NCAA Tournament.
First Half Notes:
--Neither team led by more than four points in the first 11:46. New Mexico led 15-11 with 14:36 to go, while Washington jumped out to a 23-19 lead with 9:14 to play. That stretch included six ties and three lead changes.

--Washington increased its lead to 31-21 with 6:44 remaining on Isaiah Thomas' 3-pointer that capped an 18-6 run over a span of 8:32.

--The Huskies closed the half with a 31-16 advantage over the final 14:16.

--New Mexico went just 1-6 (.167) at the free throw line. The Lobos entered the game shooting .674 (601-892).

--Washington connected on 5-10 shots from long range. The Huskies had shot .333 (180-540) coming into today's game. Isaiah Thomas connected on 3-5 (.600) shots from behind the arc. Coming in, Thomas shot .317 (60-189) from 3-point range.

--The 44 points scored by Washington were the most allowed by the Lobos in a first half this season.

--New Mexico also trailed by 12 at the half against Creighton, 40-28 on December 19, but came back to beat the Blue Jays, 66-61.
Second Half Notes:
--Washington opened the second half on a 9-4 burst that put the Huskies ahead 53-46 with 15:44 to play. During that stretch, the Huskies connected on 4-9 shots while the Lobos made 2-6. Washington also opened the half with a 5-2 rebounding edge.

--The Huskies led by as many as 23 points on two occasions in the second half, the latest at 68-45 with 9:39 remaining.
Husky-Lobo Series Record:
--Washington v. New Mexico: Huskies lead series 4-2 (Last: 2005-06 UW W 71-61)
--Romar is 2-0 v. New Mexico
--Alford is 0-1 v. Washington
--Huskies improve to 35-22 v. MWC
--New Mexico is now 111-142 against the Pac-10. But Saturday's game marked the first time the Lobos opposed a Pac-10 squad in the NCAA Tournament.
Washington Notes:
--With his 15 points against New Mexico, Isaiah Thomas now has 1121 career points, all in just two seasons, the most ever for a Washington player in their first two seasons.

--Quincy Pondexter played in his 135th career game at Washington, extending his school record for most appearances as a Husky.

--Quincy Pondexter moved into sole possession of third place on the UW career scoring chart with 1779 points in his four seasons as a Husky. Today, he passed Bob Houbregs, who had 1774 from 1951-53.
Potential Sweet 16 Opponents:
--Washington v. West Virginia: Huskies lead 1-0 (Last: UW W 96-79 1974)

--Washington v. Missouri: Huskies lead 4-3 (Last: 1995 UM 71-61 at Seattle, Tigers own a two-game winning streak. Last UW win, 54-49 at Columbia, Mo., 1984 - LAST NCAA MEETING: 1976 Tigers W 69-67).

--Washington is 38-50 all-time v. the Big-12, and 9-17 all-time v. the Big East.

--Washington last faced a Big East squad in its last Sweet 16 appearance, losing to Connecticut 98-92 in 2006 in Washington, D.C.

--The Huskies last met a Big-12 team in the NCAA Tournament when it fell to Missouri 69-67 in the 1976 tournament.
NCAA Tourney Records:
Washington: 17-15, 7-4 in five appearances under Lorenzo Romar.

New Mexico: 7-13.
Coaching Records:
Washington: Lorenzo Romar - eighth season at Washington, 171-90/263-178 13th overall.

New Mexico: Steve Alford 76-26 in three seasons at UNM/384-209 in 19 seasons overall.

Both coaches played for the NBA's Golden State Warriors…Lorenzo Romar from 1980-81 through 1983-84, and Steve Alford during 1988-89…The Warriors played the 1996-97 season at HP Pavilion when the building was known as the San Jose Arena while the Oakland Coliseum underwent renovations. Top Stories