NCAAB Game Recap - Montana at New Mexico
Sun Dec 1, 2019 3:00 PM EST

MD
84
Marq
63
F
Wake
66
Ariz
73
F
LaSal
72
Vill
83
F
TexAM
62
Fairf
67
F
Mercer
66
Canis
76
F
N DA
56
Campbl
58
F
Maine
40
UConn
64
F
CenCT
71
UMassL
73
F
LongB
79
Penn
95
F
South
65
Tul
82
F
URI
81
WVU
86
F
(N/A)
57
SacHr
101
F
GrgWas
65
SCar
74
F
MD-ES
45
Ford
66
F
Hof
91
HolyC
69
F
Mont
63
NM
72
F
Vermt
52
Yale
65
F
JackSt
52
AF
76
F
Charl
56
UCF
77
F
UNCW
54
Stan
72
F
S UT
51
LoyMa
61
F
SIU
60
StLou
69
F
Temp
66
David
53
F
Niag
65
Norf
61
F
UtVal
61
ColSt
92
F
GaSo
72
FlGlf
57
F
BethC
65
GaTec
68
F
IL-C
70
FlAtl
71
F
PorSt
76
OrSt
81
F
Bingha
65
LoyMD
77
F
Prov
80
Pepp
77
F
Harv
62
USC
77
F
SJSU
64
UCLA
93
F
NebOm
66
StMar
75
F
InWor
56
Portl
65
F
USD
61
StBon
70
F
(N/A)
41
HI
58
F
Tows
Corn
Canc

Dec 1, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Montana (3-5)

26

37

63

New Mexico (7-2)

32

40

72

Bragg helps New Mexico hold off Montana 72-63
Sun Dec 1, 2019 6:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Carlton Bragg Jr.’s double-double and six straight points late in the second half helped New Mexico hold off pesky Montana 72-63 on Sunday.

Bragg had 20 points and 14 rebounds, while JaQuan Lyle added 16 points for the Lobos (7-2).

Sayeed Pridgett totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Vasquez scored 16 for the Grizzlies (3-5).

Bragg hit four straight foul shots and had a big block in the midst of a 7-0 New Mexico run that put the Lobos up for good at 56-50 with six minutes remaining.

��It’s just me bringing energy to the team, doing the hard things,” he said. “Picking up the guys and bringing my energy.”

And minutes later as Montana tried to hang around, Bragg hit three consecutive buckets from the interior. The last of those left New Mexico up 64-58 with 3:24 left.

The Lobos earned far more trips to the foul line but missed 11 of their first 19 shots before going 14 of 16 down the stretch. The Grizzlies were 4 of 7 from the foul line.

“We have to do a better job of defending free throws,” Montana coach Travis DeCuire said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to contest free-throws shots. Here and Washington, same thing. They spent a lot of time at the stripe and we haven’t been able to get there so we have to do a better job of getting into the paint, being aggressive and being physical.’

Despite foul trouble, Montana was able to hang around by hanging onto the ball, with just six turnovers, resulting in three Lobos’ points.

“We just didn’t have a lot to of burst (Sunday),” New Mexico Paul Weir said. “We have to find a way to get that back by Wednesday. That being said, to not be where we really want to be physically and grind out a nine-point win against a pretty good basketball team is encouraging.”

BIG PICTURE

Montana: The Grizzlies have battled through a rough schedule, playing road games against Stanford, Arkansas and Washington before visiting Albuquerque, and they still have an upcoming game at Oregon before starting Big Sky play at the end of the month.

“It toughens us up,” DeCuire said. “And it’s a good recruiting tool for us to play good competition. If you want to win conference championships, you have to play at a high level before conference to prepare you for what you want to do in conference.”

New Mexico: Because of a scheduling conflict in Las Vegas in March, the Mountain West begins play early. But after two conference games this coming week, the Lobos return to nonconference play with four home games, including a rematch with down-state rival New Mexico State.

FIRST THREE

With just under eight minutes left in the first half, Bragg hit his first career 3-pointer, giving him five points, but he credited that with jumpstarting his big game.

“It just went up and I felt it going in and that’s what turned me up. Amazing though. More to come, but not that many.”

UP NEXT

Montana: The Grizzlies are home against North Dakota on Friday.

New Mexico: The Lobos are home against Boise State on Wednesday in the MWC opener. The Broncos have won two in a row, including a 72-68 overtime win over BYU.

And Weir is looking for more contested shots when conference play starts.

“We have to challenge all of our shots that way for 40 minutes,” he said. “Every player on the court in order to be the team we want to be, in order to catch the teams ahead of us and Boise is probably in that group. In order to beat Boise,a we’re going to have to be that much better challenging shots.”

Leaders

Montana PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Egun 0 0 0 4 0 1
M. Anderson 0 0 0 1 0 1
New Mexico PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. McGee 0 0 1 0 0 0
C. Bragg Jr. 20 0 1 14 0 2

Team Comparison

Mont NM
Points For 63 72
Field Goals 26/60-43% 22/51-43%
Three Pointers 7/22-32% 6/13-46%
Free Throws 4/7-57% 22/35-63%
Offensive Rebounds 4 11
Defensive Rebounds 27 32
Rebounds 36 48
Blocks 5 5
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 6 9
Personal Fouls 29 15
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - NM Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 1 Mont 63 @ NM 72 T. Falls 2 T. Percy 3

Game Information

Stadium: Dreamstyle Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Attendance: 10,503
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