2/21/2012 10:27:06 PM
Hornung logged 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Wes Eikmeier added 11 points
in Colorado State's second straight win.
The Rams (17-9, 6-5 MWC) improved to 13-1 at home and have an opportunity to
make a case for NCAA Tournament consideration with matchups against
nationally-ranked San Diego State and UNLV on the horizon.
New Mexico (22-5, 8-3) had won seven in a row to climb into the rankings for
the first time since the end of the 2009-10 season, but a 37-percent shooting
effort did in the Lobos on Tuesday.
Kendall Williams had a team-high 16 points, but shot just 3-of-13 from the
field in defeat.
Colorado State, which lost by 33 in New Mexico on January 25, extended a two-
point lead late in the contest by scoring on three straight touches, with
Hornung's bucket resulting in a 60-52 lead with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Drew Gordon converted a three-point play to keep New Mexico within two
possessions, and it was still a five-point difference entering the final
New Mexico's Jamal Fenton missed a rushed three-point try, and Green finished
off a left-handed layup with 39 seconds on the clock.
A Williams three-pointer cut into the deficit, but the Rams made enough free
throws down the stretch to secure the win.
A tight first half ended with Colorado State clinging to a 30-29 lead, and a
9-0 run by the Rams early in the second half was answered by six straight New
Mexico points to keep it close.
New Mexico still holds a 1 1/2-game lead over UNLV and San Diego State atop
the Mountain West Conference standings...Colorado State shot 20-of-23 from
the foul line...Demetrius Walker and Gordon scored 14 and 13 points,
respectively for the Lobos, who committed 17 turnovers.