Tech falls to high-power Lobos offense

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) Darington
Hobson had 23 points and 12 rebounds, helping No. 19 New Mexico to a
90-75 victory over No. 20 Texas Tech on Tuesday night.

Hobson, one of five Lobos to score in
double figures, also had four assists as New Mexico (13-1) rebounded
from its first loss of the season last week.

“With a young team, I really don’t
understand the things that they’re doing because they’ve never done it
before,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford said.

The Lobos led 34-19 in the first half
only to see the Red Raiders (10-2) close within 42-36 early in the
second half. But an 11-2 run over a 3-minute span put the Lobos up
53-38 and the lead never dropped into single digits again.

New Mexicos normally accurate 3-point
shooting was absent as it was just 4 of 17 from behind the arc. But the
Lobos held Texas Tech to 41 percent shooting for the game.

“That was probably our best defensive effort in a long time,” Alford said.

Reserve David Tairu led Texas Tech with 18 points.

Curtis Dennis had a career-high 14
points for the Lobos, who won the rebounding battle, 46-35, including a
17-13 edge on the offensive glass. They had 12 turnovers to eight for
Texas Tech and New Mexico had 10 steals to three for the Red Raiders.

“When you score 70-some points, thats
enough to win,” Red Raiders coach Pat Knight said. “When teams get
beat, youve got to look at the defense. You cant give up 90 points and
expect to win.”

Updated December 30, 2009