Feb. 20, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -Darrington Hobson scored 17 points, including a putback with 16.9 seconds remaining, and Dairese Gary made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left and No. 12 New Mexico beat feisty Air Force 59-56 on Saturday.

The Lobos (25-3, 11-2 Mountain West) logged plenty of important marks with this win, their school-record 11th straight in conference play and the school's best-ever record through 28 games.

But it was not easy, not with Air Force (9-16, 1-11) using its methodical halfcourt offense to throw a wrench into the gears of one of the nation's hottest teams.

Grant Parker scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, including a layup with 27.8 seconds left that put the Falcons ahead 56-55. But Gary drove and found Hobson on New Mexico's ensuing possession, and a sellout crowd at The Pit exhaled a major sigh of relief.