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UNM quarterback Donovan Porterie quietly celebrates among a crowd in the middle of the field after the Lobos won the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 22 at University Stadium. UNM beat Nevada 23-0.
UNM quarterback Donovan Porterie quietly celebrates among a crowd in the middle of the field after the Lobos won the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 22 at University Stadium. UNM beat Nevada 23-0.

Sports: Winter Break Review

Football

UNM's 23-0 win over Nevada on Dec. 22 in the New Mexico Bowl gave Lobo football fans a collective sigh of relief.

The win marked the end of a 46-year drought in bowl victories and was the first bowl win for head coach Rocky Long in five tries.

The last time the Lobos won in the postseason was a 28-12 win over Western Michigan in the 1961 Aviation Bowl in Dayton, Ohio.

UNM finished the season 9-4, just its fourth nine-win season in school history.

Sophomore quarterback Donovan Porterie threw for a career-high 354 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Senior kicker and All-American John Sullivan made field goals from 53, 39 and 37 yards for the other Lobo points.

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Junior Paul Baker moved into the starting tailback position after UNM's leading rusher Rodney Ferguson was ruled academically ineligible. Baker made the most of his opportunity, running for 167 yards in his first start of the season.

UNM's defense was also stellar, holding the Wolf Pack to their first shutout since 1980. The shutout ended the longest current streak in NCAA football - a span of 329 games - and second longest in college football history.

Men's Basketball

The men's basketball team had a successful winter break, going 6-1 to improve to 14-3 on the season. The Lobos' only loss over the break came Saturday against SDSU at The Pit, dropping the Lobos to 1-1 in Mountain West Conference play.

Head coach Steve Alford earned a win over his former coach Bobby Knight and Texas Tech on Dec. 15 as UNM won 80-63.

Freshman point guard Dairese Gary led the way with 18 points including four-of-four from 3-point range.

UNM then avenged an earlier loss to rival NMSU, beating the Aggies 83-69 on Dec. 19 behind Roman Martinez's career-high 24 points.

The Lobos had their most impressive defensive showing on Dec. 23, handling Weber State 62-32.

On Dec. 27, UNM defeated Hawaii 79-69 in its last game of 2007. Daniel Faris scored a team-high 21 points.

UNM finished its nonconference schedule in exciting fashion, overcoming UTEP 86-85 in overtime Jan. 2.

The Lobos traveled to Wyoming on Jan. 5, where they hadn't won since 1995. However, Jamaal Smith scored 27 points and led UNM to a double-overtime 99-92 win.

Saturday's 72-67 loss to the Aztecs ended a seven-game winning streak and was UNM's first loss since Dec. 4.

Women's Basketball

The Lobos struggled a bit over the break, going 2-4.

On Dec. 15, UNM scored a season-low 36 points in a 44-36 loss to Arizona. The Lobos then took on Stanford on Dec. 18, falling 73-54. Amy Beggin led the Lobos with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Lobos bounced back to defeat NMSU 62-56 on Dec. 21 behind Beggin's 22 points.

UNM fell 57-53 at UTEP despite a career-high 13 points from Angela Hartill.

The Lobos opened conference play with a 58-52 home loss to Wyoming on Dec. 9 before earning their first road win of the season Saturday, beating SDSU 60-47. Dionne Marsh scored 21 points in the victory.

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