New Mexico brings BayRunners down to earth in 124-103 romp

Slam dominates boards, pulls away in second half

March 11, 2000|By Gary Herron | Gary Herron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Although three technical fouls were assessed the BayRunners in their 124-103 loss at New Mexico last night, the team may need an altitude adjustment more than an attitude adjustment.

Coach Terry Truax joked after the game that before the BayRunners' next contest, also at New Mexico on Monday night, "We should probably go to Santa Fe [60 miles north of Albuquerque] and make everyone run back."

His team had an up-and-down performance last night, falling behind early, then by 15 right before halftime.

But three-pointers in the half's final minute by the league's top two three-point shooters, Lonnie Harrell and Shawnta Rogers, cut the deficit to 62-56 at intermission.

The BayRunners, now 1-3 against the Slam so far, even caught New Mexico at 70-all midway through the third period.

Then the Slam took advantage of better conditioning at their mile-high altitude, going on a 22-4 run to put the game out of reach.

Truax, who was one of the BayRunners called for a technical after leaving the coach's box after a warning from crew chief Daryl Humphrey, praised the play of New Mexico's Andy Panko.

Panko scored 22 points in the second quarter and hit his first six three-point attempts, finishing with a game-high 28 points.

"We know he's a better shooter here in the [Tingley Coliseum," Truax said.

"When we get down, we don't seem to have the mental toughness to come back."

Brent Dabbs and Rogers each had 18 points to lead the BayRunners. Monty Wilson had 16, Harrell had 12, and Rodney Elliott and Anthony Tucker had 10 apiece.

The BayRunners were outshot from the field, 51.1 to 41.9 percent, and out-rebounded 57-40.

Besides Panko's double-figure night, Corey Brewer had 22, Bryant Notree had 15, Alex Holcombe 13 and Andre Perry 11 for the Slam. Perry also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and Taymon Domzelski added 10 boards.

NOTES: The Slam announced yesterday it's moving to the Albuquerque Convention Center downtown, instead of Tingley Coliseum, a 45-year-old structure at the state fairgrounds. The team wanted to play at the convention center this season, but the American Bowling Congress is staging its five-month-long championship tournament there.

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