Halftime: New Mexico 38, Air Force 31

  • Air Force just keeps hanging around. Evan Washington hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half only down by seven and celebrated with a flurry of fist pumps. The No. 9-seeded Falcons, despite being outmatched talent-wise, held an early lead and think they're still in this one.

  • Mountain West Conference player of the year Darington Hobson had a big first half with 13 points and seven rebounds. He's 4-for-6 from the field and has hit all four of his free throws. The left-hander's been very impressive in using his size and quickness as a guard.

  • Air Force shot 57.1 percent from the first half and had the same number of defensive rebounds as UNM did. Why are the Falcons trailing? It's been the Lobos' size advantage that's helped them to six offensive rebounds (Phillip McDonald has three) while the Falcons have none.

  • Grant Parker was held scoreless despite leading the Falcons in scoring during the regular season. He has two personal fouls and played only seven minutes.

  • New Mexico fans travel well, and it's showing at the noon game here at the Thomas & Mack Center. The sections behind one of the baskets are entirely red (it helps the seats are that color). Calls going against UNM are getting booed. Lobos fans were lining up early to get tickets. It's impressive.