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New Mexico Lobos star Dairese Gary is a semifinalist for Lowe’s award

Dairese Gary (courtesy of New Mexico athletics)

Dairese Gary, the star and only senior of the New Mexico Lobos basketball team, was honored recently as a semifinalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence-community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowes’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Gary is one of two Mountain West players on the list, as he is joined by Jimmer Fredette of BYU.

Fans can check out all the information on Gary and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award by visiting

Info courtesy of New Mexico athletics news

Dayton wins thrilling double-overtime game against New Mexico Lobos


Chris Wright drives past New Mexico (photo by ism media courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Dayton men’s basketball team opened 2011 with non-conference play with a thrilling double-overtime 76-73 win over New Mexico at UD Arena.

Four Flyers accounted for 64 of Dayton’s 76 total points as each scored over 15, led by senior forward Chris Wright with his sixth double-double of the season on 17 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career-high rebound mark.

Paul Williams, Josh Parker and Chris Johnson each drained four 3-point field goals. Williams and Parker finished with 16 points and Johnson chipped in with 15. It is the first time this season that UD has had four players with 15 points or more.

The Flyers shot 45 percent (13-29) from the three-point line to New Mexico’s 4-of-16 shooting from long range. Dayton out-rebounded the 18-7 on the offensive rebounds.

Dayton improves to 12-3 and extended its winning streak to five games. The Lobos fall to 11-3.

New Mexico guard Dairese Gary led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The game marked the sixth time that Dayton has come back to win after trailing at the half and the third win after trailing by at least 12 this season. New Mexico led 38-32 at the break with a 46 shooting percentage and making 13-of-16 free throw attempts. Of the Flyers 32 first-half points, 21 came from 3-point range.

Dayton opened the second half with a 12-4 run, topped off by a put-back slam dunk from Wright to tie the game at 44-all. Sophomore Matt Kavanaugh gave the home team their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 11 minutes remaining after completing an old-fashioned 3-point play.

New Mexico used a 6-0 run to force the second overtime of the season for Dayton.

The two teams tied at 71 at the end of the first overtime.

Dayton took control in the second overtime. Paul Williams’ 3-pointer proved to be the only field goal from either team of the period. As UD outscored New Mexico 5-2 for the second overtime win of the season.


* Steve Alford, the former Indiana point guard, is the head coach at New Mexico. He is 87-29 in his 4th year.

* The Lobos are 11-3 overall, 7-0 at home and 3-2 on the road.

* The series with Dayton is tied 2-2.

* The Lobos are 13-10 vs. Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Dayton is a member of the A-10.

* Kendall Williams is one of the top freshman players in the country with 12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 4.6 apg.

* New Mexico has not lost a home game in December since December 22, 2004 vs. #5 Wake Forest, 64-61. Alford is 16-0. Overall, its 20 straight home games in a row.

* Dairese Gary is 4th on the Mountain West Conference assists list with 448, trailing Richie Williams of San Diego State University who played from 2005-2009.

* Dairese Gary has started 109 straight games for New Mexico.

* Steve Alford record of 87-29 .757 winning percentage and 2 conference titles is better than that of past Lobos coaches: Norm Ellenberger, Gary Colson and Dave Bliss in four years on the job.

* The Lobos 27-16 63% on the road under Steve Alford. They were 10-2 in 2009-10. In the Mountain West Conference is 16-8 with a winning percentage of 67 %.

* The Lobos are predicted to finish 3rd in the Mountain West behind San Diego State and BYU.

* The Lobos are in their 108th season, having been established on February 2, 1900. Actually, it’s the 111th season, but they had no teams in 1900-01, 1903-04, 1917-18 and 1920-21. But they’ve been playing regularly since 1921-22 with 1,350-1,025 with a winning percentage of .568, has 29 postseason bids, 11 NCAA 11 NIT.

* In 2009-2010, the Lobos were 30-5, 14-2 in the MWC. They played in the NCAA, beating Montana and losing to Washington.

* The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque.

* Steve Alford has signed a deal that will keep him at New Mexico until 2020.

* Dairese Gary is the only senior.

* the Lobos only lost two players after last season, Darlington Hobson and Roman Martinez.

* Steve Alford in 3 years in the Mountain West Conference, has finished 3rd, 1st place tie and 1st.

* Coach Alford’s seven figure salary is rare at a Mountain West Conference school. But ticket sales and donations have gone up from $5.4 million to $7.1 million since he took over the basketball team.

* Coach Alford is just five wins away from 400 in his career.


* The Flyers rank 24th in the NCAA in rebounding and lead the Atlantic 10 Conference with 41.0 rebounds per game.

* Chris Wright is the most widely-recognized Flyers player. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy, 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and John Wooden Award. Wright leads Dayton in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).

* Chris Wright was a member of this past summer’s USA Basketball Select Team, Chris Wright has 1,333 career points and has passed Chip Hare for 23rd place on UD’s all-time scoring list. He is also second all-time in blocks with 126 and 15th in rebounding.

* Head coach Brian Gregory is 36-20 in the month of January since he became the head coach at Dayton.

* Dayton is picked to finish 4th in this season’s Atlantic 10 Conference race behind  Temple, Xavier and Richmond.

* Head coach Brian Gregory, believe it or not has moved into third place on the Flyers all-time coaching wins list with 163 wins. He trails UD Hall of Famers Don Donoher (437) and Tom Blackburn (352).

* The Flyers are tough at home, especially over the past four years on Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena at 72-8. The 72 wins are the fifth-most in the NCAA since the 2006-07 season. Ahead of Dayton are Kansas (81), Ohio State (78), Pittsburgh (77) and Syracuse (75) and Florida is tied with Dayton.

POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE FROM DAYTON FLYERS LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file click on the link)

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46 270 Josh Parker Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

46 278 Josh Benson Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

NCAA TOURNAMENT: East Regional, 2nd Round Saturday Results

compiled from staff and wire reports


San Jose, California-The Washington Huskies, using a fast break attack that the Lobos couldn’t keep up with, upset 3rd-seeded New Mexico.

Washington, 26-9 was led by Quincy Pondexter with 18 points and Isaiah Thomas with 15 and Matthew Bryan-Amanning chipped in with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

30-5 New Mexico was led by Dairese Gary with 25 points.

Darius Miller led Wildcats (UK)

Actress Ashley Judd always visible at Kentucky games (wfe)


New Orleans, Louisiana– The 34-2 Wildcats breezed to an easy victory against a struggling Wake Forest team. With their biggest fan in attendance, actress Ashley Judd, Kentucky used their athleticism and quickness to dominate the game.

Sophomore guard Darius Miller scored a career-high 20 points, 16 in the first half.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: East Regional, First Round, Washington, Kentucky, Wake Forest and New Mexico advance

compiled from staff and wire reports


Ramon Martinez New Mexico (UNM)

New Mexico holds off Montana in Syacuse, New York. Ramon Martinez scored 12 points in the first half to keep the Lobos in the contest. The Lobos trailed 29-28 at the half. Martinez finished with 19 points and Dairese Gary added 15 points. The Lobos are 30-4, Montana ends the season at 22-10.


Ishmael Smith canned a 17-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left in overtime as the 8th-seed
Demon Deacons the 9th-seeded Longhorns. Wake Forest is 20-10 while Texas finishes up at 24-10. The game took place at New Orleans.

Ishmael Smith of Wake Forest (WFU)


Quincy Poindexter drove for a tie-breaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington (25-9) extended its unbelievable late-season run of dramatic finishes with a win in San Jose, California.

Poindexter scored 18 points and Isaiah Thomas 19 as the Huskies won their eighth straight game, rallying from a 15-point deficit with 13:30 left in the second half.

Washington improves to 25-9, while Marquette ends up at 23-11.

Quincy Poindexter Washington (UW)

Eric Bledsoe Kentucky (UK)


Kentucky rolled up a 30 point first half lead and costed to the win. Eric Bledsoe’s eight 3-point baskets set a Wildcats record for NCAA Tournament game. Kentucky moves to 33-2 while East Tennessee State drops to 20-15.

Bledsoe finished with 29 points, made his first eight 3-point goal attempts to finish 8 of 9 for the game.