New Mexico opened up a close game late in the second half, defeating UNLV 63-56. The 15th ranked Lobos won the Mountain West Tournament and now look towards selection Sunday hopeful for a high seed.
Tony Snell led the late game run scoring 13 points in a row in the key run. He finished the game with 21 points to lead New Mexico.
The Lobo defense held the Runnin' Rebels to just 33 percent shooting from the floor. UNLV launched 31 three point shots, making 9 while New Mexico matched those 9 taking only 19.
The game was tied at 44 with 10:53 left to be played when New Mexico went on their run. Despite intense effort by the Rebels, they were never able to recapture the lead from that point.
Kendall Williams chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds off the bench for the Lobos.
Steve Alford's New Mexico squad will enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 29-5 while the Runnin' Rebels await an at-large bid with a record of 25-9. Both teams will be dangerous in the tournament.