ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – When New Mexico needed a play Saturday, Tony Snell was there to deliver, helping the Lobos beat TCU 71-54.
Snell finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists for New Mexico (17-4, 3-2 MWC) and Kendall Williams added 14 points and five assists.
Amric Fields scored 16 points and J.R. Cadott added 15 and nine rebounds for TCU (12-8, 2-3).
Snell had a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 New Mexico run in the first half that put it up 22-16. And after TCU had closed within 33-28 at the start of the second half, Snell sparked a 12-0 run, sandwiching 3-pointers around a Hugh Greenwood fast-break layup on which Snell dished out the assist.
Snell’s big day started early when he sliced through a crowded lane for a layup and a 6-2 Lobos’ lead.
TCU used a 17-6 second-half run that featured 3-pointers from four different players, cutting the deficit to 51-45 at the 9:04 mark after a Cadot dunk.
But Snell and the Lobos responded as he took a pass from Williams and dunked, capping a 10-2 New Mexico run and extending its lead, 61-47.
New Mexico controlled the rebounds throughout, holding a 36-27 edge, including a 10-3 advantage on the offensive end.
New Mexico also got some strong bench play from Jamal Fenton and Phillip McDonald, each finishing with nine points.
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