New Mexico 73, Idaho 58

Demetrius Walker scored eight straight points to spark a
game-deciding, second-half run that turned a New Mexico deficit
into a victory Friday as the Lobos beat Idaho 73-58.

Walker, who hit all five of his 3-point attempts, finished with
19 points.

Connor Hill scored 20 points to lead Idaho (1-3) and Kyle Barone
added 16, but no other Vandal was in double figures.

Alex Kirk contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked
shots for the Lobos (5-0).

New Mexico trailed 47-41 after Barone hit one of his six
3-pointers five minutes into the second half. But Chad Adams
responded with a baseline drive, followed by Walker’s streak that
included two 3-pointers to spark the Lobos.

The Lobos’ lead never dropped back into single digits from that
point. The Vandals’ only points during the stretch came on two
Barone foul shots as they missed nine shots and committed four

New Mexico led 36-28 late in the first half before a 14-0 Idaho
run sandwiched around halftime.

Hill, who was instrumental in the Vandals’ strong first half by
going 5 of 6 on 3-pointers, hit only one of his six attempts from
long range in the second half. As a team, Idaho only managed to
make nine of its 29 shots in the second half after going 14 of 27
in the opening 20 minutes.

The Lobos added a strong performance from the line, going 15 of
22. Idaho took only eight foul shots and hit just four of them.