Steve Alford walked off the floor at DreamStyle Arena a.k.a. The Pit in Albuquerque as a winner. It was the 95th time he has won a game inside the famed arena. This time was a little different, however. This was the first time he walked off as a member of a team other than the hometown Lobos. Alford’s Nevada Wolfpack took care of business, and continued New Mexico’s tailspin, with an 88-74 win on Tuesday night.
Jalen Harris scored a game high 28 points, on 10-of-19 shooting, to go with 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Wolfpack, who are now 17-10 overall and 10-5 in the Mountain West Conference. The win is also the Wolfpack’s fourth in a row as they are now tied with Utah State for second place in conference.
Three other Nevada players scored in double figures besides Harris. Jazz Johnson scored 15 points, while Lindsey Drew had 14 and Zane Meeks scored 12 off the bench, for a Nevada team that shot 50% from the floor, 31-of-62, in the win.
For New Mexico, the loss is the team’s eighth in their last 10 contests, and their third loss in their last four games at home. The Lobos are now 17-11 overall and 6-9 in the MWC.
JaQuan Lyle led the way for UNM with 16 points. Vance Jackson had 15 points, while Keith McGee and Makuach Maluach both ended with 11 points in the loss.
The Lobos were cold from the field, shooting 38.8%, 26-of-67 in the contest. New Mexico was also outrebounded in the game 42 to 35.
Up next for Nevada is a home contest with Fresno State on Saturday, while the fading Lobos will travel to meet Boise State on Sunday afternoon.