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Simons heats up from 3, New Mexico romps past Omaha, 103-71

Troy Simons came off the bench to score 24 points, including 10 during a decisive second-half run to help New Mexico beat a pesky Omaha squad 103-71

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By GLEN ROSALES
Associated Press

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Troy Simons came off the bench to score 24 points, including 10 during a decisive second-half run Tuesday to help New Mexico beat a pesky Omaha squad 103-71.

Antino Jackson added 19 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Lobos (2-0) and Sam Logwood chipped in 18 points.

Mitchell Hahn scored 16 points for the Mavericks (0-3), with 12 of those coming in the first half.

New Mexico took its biggest first-half lead at 19-9 when Simons hit a 3-pointer to cap a 7-2 run, but the Mavericks responded with a 17-5 surge to take their only lead of the game at 26-24.

Simons, however, put New Mexico right back on top with another 3.

After lackluster 3-point shooting in the first half, the Lobos began to pull away on the strength of their outside shooting, going 13-for-19 from afar in the second half.

Simons hit four of those, including two in the midst of a 29-4 surge that sent New Mexico to a 92-61 lead.

Until Simmons got hot, Omaha was hanging around with the deficit hovering in the single digits before the 3-point show started.

BIG PICTURE: This was New Mexico’s second straight game topping 100 points after not having reached that mark since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. The Lobos have not had consecutive triple-digit outings since the 1998-99 season.

Defense appears to be an issue for the Mavericks, who have now allowed 100 points in back-to-back games after Oklahoma scored 108 on Sunday.

UP NEXT: New Mexico heads south Friday to face in-state rival New Mexico State, where Lobos coach Paul Weir was last season.

The Mavericks continue a four-game road trip, meeting No. 16 Louisville on Friday.

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