New Mexico Basketball: Lobos Lose Tough One on the Road to TCU

Brandon CallCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2008

Forth Worth, Texas-- Ex-Lobo Ryan Wall nailed a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left, lifting Texas Christian to a 74-72 victory over New Mexico on Tuesday.

Wall, who played for UNM from 2002-05, scored his lone basket of the night to top off the come-from-behind win that saw the Lobos lead by as much as 18 points in the second half.

It was also the first lead for TCU since being up 8-6 with 14:06 remaining in the first half. 

UNM held a 41-28 advantage heading into the lockerroom.

Careless ballhandling and poor free-throw shooting were the Lobos' downfall in the second half. UNM was 11-of-21 from the charity stripe and gave up 20 turnovers in the game-- two of which came on the Lobos' last three possessions-- to seal the deal.

The loss also marks the second-straight game that UNM gave up a double-digit halftime lead to lose the game.

The Lobos led 24-10 over San Diego State on Jan. 12 in The Pit before losing 72-67.

Senior Darren Prentice led UNM's offense, sinking 6-of-8 from three-point land and scoring 19 points in the loss.

Three other Lobos scored in double digits. Senior J.R. Giddens had 12 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Junior Daniel Faris added 11 points and Sophomore Roman Martinez chipped in 10.

UNM falls to 14-4 overall and 1-2 in the Mounatin West Conference. TCU improves to 10-6 and 2-1 in the MWC.

The Lobos look to rebound Saturday when they face off against Air Force at 4 p.m. in The Pit.