New Mexico wins Paradise Jam championship against UConn, 66-60

Posted at: 11/19/2012 6:55 PM
Updated at: 11/19/2012 10:45 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com

PHOTO: Tony Snell

Rebounds and free throws led to a Paradise Jam championship for the New Mexico Lobos.

UNM (4-0) shot a perfect 21 for 21 from the free throw line and out rebounded the No. 21 UConn Huskies in a 66-60 win.

UConn (4-1) took a late lead with an 11-0 run. But a runner from Hugh Greenwood gave the Lobos a 56-55 lead with 2:02 left in the game. The runner propelled a 9-0 run and New Mexico didn’t look back.

Kendall Williams led New Mexico with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Greenwood grabbed 7 rebounds and finished with 12 points. Tony Snell started slow, but he finished with 11 points and 2 assists.

Shabazz Napier was scoring beast for the Huskies. The Big East Player of the Week shot 9 for 16 from the field with 23 points.

The Lobos shot 39% from the field and were out shot by UConn from the 3-point line as well.

New Mexico made its honey from the free throw line. The 21 free throw attempts more than doubled UConn’s 7 for 9 performance from the line.

New Mexico 66 UConn 60 Final

The New Mexico Lobos overcame poor first half shooting to defeat the UConn Huskies in the Paradise Jam championship game, 66-60. 

1st Half

Despite poor early shooting, the New Mexico Lobos have a halftime lead against the UConn Huskies 30-27.

A 3-point basket with 30 seconds in the first half was the first points in the game for Tony Snell, and lifted the Lobos ahead.

UConn was lead by Omar Calhoun, who jumped to 8 points.

Shabazz Napier scored 7 points to end the half for the Huskies.

New Mexico center Alex Kirk has 8 points and guard Hugh Greenwood scored 7 points in the first half for the Lobos.

Jamal Fenton scored 4 points off the bench in his first action of the season.

First Half Box Score

UNM 30

Pregame

A trip to the US Virgin Islands is all business for the New Mexico Lobos.

The Lobos (3-0) look to leave St. Thomas Virgin Islands with their fourth straight win, a Paradise Jam championship and more reasons for national college basketball fans to pay attention.

Monday’s game against the No. 21 Connecticut Huskies will be a tough job for New Mexico.

UConn (4-0) beat Quinnipiac, 89-86, in double-overtime in the Paradise Jam semifinal Sunday. Shabazz Napier made a layup to send the game into extra time.

The Huskies leading points man (21.8 PPG) scored 25 out of his 29 points in the second half and overtime against Quinnipiac.

Tony Snell and Kendall Williams lead the Lobos, and showed late game heroics in the 70-69 Paradise Jam semifinal win against George Mason.

Williams grabbed the ball on a steal and it soon found its way to Snell, in position to hit a game winning 3-point shot with less than two seconds to play to cap the New Mexico rally.

Snell (19.7 PPG) shared the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors with Nevada’s Deonte Burton.

Napier was named the Big East Conference Player of the Week.

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