ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Carlton Bragg got his second straight double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds and JaQuan Lyle scored 21 points to lead New Mexico to a 91-71 win over Grand Canyon on Tuesday night.
The Lobos (11-2) never trailed and finished with five players in double figures, Vance Jackson added a season-best 12, Vante Hendrix 12 and Zane Martin 11. J.J. Caldwell ran the New Mexico offense with nine assists and no turnovers.
Carlos Johnson scored 23 points to lead the Antelopes (4-9) and Alessandro Lever had 18, including a first-half stretch when he scored nine straight for Grand Canyon.
Although the Lobos were outscored in the paint, their usual strategy of working inside out still produced 32 points and helped open up other parts of the court. New Mexico’s big advantage turned out to be on 3-pointers, where the Lobos outscored Grand Canyon 42-6, while making a season-best 12.
Grand Canyon trailed 37-31 at halftime, but the Lobos opened the second half with a 14-4 run and the lead never fell into single digits thereafter.
Having lost four of five and now playing without injured guard J.J. Rhymes, the Antelopes needed some good news and they got it with the debut of St. John’s transfer guard Mikey Dixon, who finished with 10. However, forward Oscar Frayer still has not played this season because of academic issues.
The Lobos also had a player make a debut as Hendrix, a Utah transfer, saw his first playing time, scoring all his points from behind the arc.