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No. 19 New Mexico outlasts Boise State in tough overtime test

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Tony Snell scored 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting to lead No. 19 New Mexico to a gritty road win over Boise State, 79-74, Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Leon Rice’s Broncos led by as many as six points with 8:32 remaining in the second half, but the game stayed within four points for much of the final period.

New Mexico fought back with the help of two three-pointers from guard Jamal Fenton to give the Lobos the lead, 54-53, with 6:26 to play in regulation.

On Boise State’s last possession of regulation, Derrick Marks bled the shot clock down to 10 seconds and drove down the left side of the lane, but missed a contested floater. Marks finished with 27 points.

New Mexico got one more shot at it in regulation, but Kendall Williams’ step-back jumper missed and forced overtime.

In overtime, New Mexico pushed the lead to five points with 2:28 remaining, but Boise State cut it back to one possession, 71-69, after three key free throws.

A Hugh Greenwood three-pointer with 0:35 remaining proved to be the dagger, putting New Mexico up by five points.

Boise State did a solid job of containing and neutralizing New Mexico center Alex Kirk, who had 10 points on 1-of-4 shooting from the floor. His effort in the final minutes of regulation and overtime helped him to get to the free throw line, where he hit 8-of-8 shots. He fouled out with 2:09 to play in overtime.

The Broncos’ ability to make Kirk less of a scoring option forced the Lobos away from the basket. New Mexico shot 40.4 percent from the floor and was outrebounded soundly at -8.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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