Portland 77, New Mexico 71
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—Casey Frandsen hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points Monday night to lead Portland to a 77-71 win over New Mexico.
Portland (3-1) used a 23-7 run in the second half to erase a 47-39 New Mexico lead. In that stretch Adam Quick hit back-to-back 3s and Frandsen hit one. A layup by Dreshawn Vance with 5:18 left put the Pilots ahead 62-54.
New Mexico (2-1) opened the season with wins over two Division II opponents and had not trailed in a game this season until Quick’s second 3-pointer gave the Pilots a 51-50 lead with 10:09 left in the game.
New Mexico then went 7 1/2 minutes without scoring a field goal, a drought that ended with Javin Tindall’s 3-pointer with 4:27 left.
Frandsen then hit his last 3-pointer of the night and New Mexico scored seven straight points to cut the Portland lead to 68-66 with 1:12 left.
Dustin Geddis hit a short jumpshot in the lane with 47.6 seconds left and Eugene Jeter hit two free throws 10 seconds later to put the Pilots safely in front.
New Mexico led by as many as 12 points in the first half. The inside tandem of Alfred Neale and David Chiotti scored 16 of the Lobos’ first 18 points and the Lobos hit 8 of their first 13 shots. But Portland, which went on a 13-3 run late in the first half, was within 34-29 at halftime.
Neale finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Chiotti had 19, but the Lobos did not get a single point off their bench.
Portland hit 10 of 20 3-point shots, with Frandsen going 6-for-8. Geddis and Donald Wilson each scored 12 points.