Roman Martinez hit two free throws with 13.5 seconds left, lifting No.3 New Mexico to a 62-57 win over No.14 Montana.
It wasn't easy as New Mexico missed three straight free throws in the final 42 seconds. Montana returned the favor, missing a key free throw with 22 seconds to go.
New Mexico began the second half on a real mission. Trailing, 29-28, the Lobos went on an 18-3 run and took its biggest lead, 46-32, with 12:43 left. Montana stayed close as it could, though, and out scored the Lobos 15-7 and trail, 53-47, with 6:11 to go in the game. The Grizzlies fought back, but the Lobos drained two free throws and now lead 57-54 with 2:00 left.
It's was a bad first half for the Lobos, who are shooting 38 percent from the field. Roman Martinez (12 points) is the only one hitting anything.
Montana's Brian Qvale has 17 points, nearly eight points above his season average of 9.7. But no one else has more than three points for the Grizzlies, who lead 29-28 at the half.