The Falcons performed poorly in the first half, scoring 31 points to the Lobos' 45. What sustained the Lobos during the first 20 minutes were the 18 personal foul calls on the Rams that resulted in 27 trips to the charity stripe. They made 23 of them.
Michael Lyons needed nearly 18 minutes to score his first bucket of the game, a trey, after making seven successful free throws. He finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-14 shooting and 7-of-10 shots made at the free throw line. The team actually shot better than the Lobos, 50 percent to 46.5, but the team lost the rebounding game, 29-19, and made it to the free throw line just 22 times.
New Mexico will now wait until Friday night to face the winner of No. 3 UNLV versus No. 6 Wyoming Cowboys.