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Augmon and Wilson Combine for 34 Points in Loss to Georgia Tech

by Allison Weiss

CANCUN, Mexico—Aniyah Augmon and Nyah Wilson led the scoring for the Lobos, tying for a game-high 17 points, in UNM’s 66-55 loss to Georgia Tech Friday to conclude the Cancun Challenge.

Augmon led the way for the Lobos early, opening the scoring on UNM’s second possession with a driving layup and scored the second basket on a steal and transition coast-to-coast layup. The Yellow Jackets missed their first five shots, scoring their first points with 5:11 on the clock on a three-pointer and hit another one to lead 6-4 at the media timeout. An Augmon dish to Charlotte Kohl tied the game at six for the only tie of the game.

Augmon finished with 17 points, the fifth time this season scoring 10-plus points and for the third consecutive game, as well as four steals and four assists, the second-straight game with multiple steals and for the fourth time this season.

For Wilson, she finished in double figures for the fourth time as well after going a career-best 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and added a steal, with the Lobos finishing with eight steals as a team.

UNM trailed 12-7 at the end of the first with Augmon accounting for five of UNM’s points. After GT started the second with a hook shot, Viané Cumber hit a three-pointer to make it 14-10 with the teams trading baskets as the margin went between six and four points for the next three minutes. Wilson made two free throws to cut the deficit to two at 18-16, however a 5-0 Yellow Jacket run prevented a chance for the Lobos to pull even. An Augmon layup and Wilson pullup jumper late in the second got the margin back to a one-possession game at 23-20, however, Georgia Tech closed the half with a jump shot for the 25-20 halftime score.

Wilson scored four points in the second while Augmon added two steals and two assists to give the junior seven points, three assists and three steals in the first 20 minutes.

A hook shot by Kohl put it back to a one-possession game less than 20 seconds into the third quarter, although the Yellow Jackets answered with the next four points to stretch the gap to seven, it later reaching 11 points. A Wilson layup and two free throws brought it back within single digits and the Lobos continued to cut into the lead, getting it down to 40-36 after four consecutive Lobo free throws by Wilson and Augmon.

However, GT responded to pull back ahead by double digits at 12 with less than two minutes remaining before Augmon closed the quarter with a fast-break layup off of a defensive rebound by Kohl to make it a 10-point game going into the final quarter.

UNM scored the first six points of the fourth to get back within four following two Wilson free throws and a hook shot in what amounted to a 9-0 run between the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter. It was the closest the Lobos would get as a 6-0 GT run near the midway point of the quarter pushed the margin back to double digits.  The Lobos scored the final four points with a final layup by Wilson and a fast-break layup by Nahawa Diarra Berthe for the final score.

Wilson scored seven points in the fourth quarter and 13 points in the final 20 minutes, while Diarra Berthe scored six points off of the bench for the Lobos in the game.

UNM returns to The Pit to play Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, the start of a six-game homestand.