Lobos outlast Iona for a win during home opener

New Mexico is 2-0 after a 90-83 win over Iona on Tuesday night. Scott Forman/The Lobo Lair
Isabel Gonzalez
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New Mexico head coach Paul Weir had stressed the importance of starting out the season strong. After Tuesday night’s 90-83 victory over Iona, the Lobos are enjoying a 2-0 record.

“They’re finding ways to win, which is terrific,” the coach said about the Lobos. “We weren’t doing that last year at this time of the year. It took us a long time to kind of get that confidence.” Continue reading “Lobos outlast Iona for a win during home opener”

Lobos host Iona for first home game of the season

The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team hosts Iona for the Lobos’ first official home game of the 2018-19 season. Scott Forman/The Lobo Lair
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New Mexico vs. Iona
Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Nov. 13, 7 pm
Mountain West Network

The Lobos are hosting the Iona Gaels on Tuesday night for New Mexico’s first official home game of the 2018-19 season. Both teams enter the night with a 1-0 record and their own questions to answer. Continue reading “Lobos host Iona for first home game of the season”

Lobos pull a 115-66 victory in exhibition with Northern New Mexico

The Lobos took a 115-66 victory during their exhibition against Northern New Mexico on Saturday night. Scott Forman/The Lobo Lair
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The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team stepped on home court for the first time this season and walked out with a 115-66 victory over Northern New Mexico during an exhibition on Saturday night. Continue reading “Lobos pull a 115-66 victory in exhibition with Northern New Mexico”

Preview: Auburn at UNM, 2nd Round of WNIT

Joe Auletta
@Lobo2x53


(Stats are from 2017-18) UNM Auburn
2017-18 Record 1-0 2-0

Auburn returns only six players from last season’s 14-15 team, but all six started at least 12 games, and they represent the top three scores from last season (and 80% of last year’s offence) as well as three of the top four rebounders (and 60% of the total rebounds). The also add an experienced Junior transfer from Duke. This is the kind of mix that can lead to significant improvement from one season to the next. Continue reading “Preview: Auburn at UNM, 2nd Round of WNIT”

MBB Update: Nov. 5-9

New Mexico steps away from the regular season to play an exhibition game during the second annual New Mexico classic. Isabel Gonzalez/The Lobo Lair
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New Mexico opened the season with an 87-84 road victory over CSUN on Tuesday. This weekend, the Lobos are at home to host the second annual New Mexico classic. They play an exhibition game against Northern New Mexico on Saturday at 7pm.

The NCAA gave an update on Carlton Bragg. And Drue Drinnon is almost ready to get back on the court. Continue reading “MBB Update: Nov. 5-9”

Four Things I Think I Learned Last Night

Joe Auletta
@Lobo2x53

1.  This is not the kind of Lobo style we are used to. Yes, the 2017-18 team played fast and scored a lot of points, but the fast play was mostly on offense, and largely revolved around Tesha and Alex shooting a lot of threes.  This team seriously doesn’t have anyone who has stepped up to be that deadly three point threat (though there are some possibilities), and they have upped the defensive tempo as well.  Yes, the length and athletic advantage over Texas State allowed the Lobos to be successful at that, and it will be harder against other opponents (including potentially Auburn up next), but the intent to play that way from start to finish seemed evident.  And the physical traits of the team looks appropriate to doing that.  Besides, when Nike is doing a good Marvin Webster imitation (Dikembe Mutombo for you youngsters) Continue reading “Four Things I Think I Learned Last Night”

Preview: UNM vs Texas State

Joe Auletta
@lobo2x53

UNM Texas State
2017-18 record 25-11 23-10
Result 3rd round, WNIT 1st round, WNIT
Scoring 80.4 ppg 70.4 ppg
Defense 70.7 ppg 58.2 ppg
Scoring Margin +9.7 +12.2
Rebounding Margin -1.1 -2.4
TO Margine +4.2 +2.4
Foul Margine +2.7 +.2
# of 3 pt shots per game 25 26
3 pt shooting % 34.2% 35.6%
Returning players 6 7
Returning starters 1 2
# players > 10 min/gm 9 7

Let’s see if this sounds familiar: the team wins 20+ games and makes it into the WNIT, led by a senior point guard who did everything: score, rebound, and lead the team in assists & steals. They are a bit undersized, starting one post player and four guards. They make up for a rebounding deficit by keeping their turnovers low, fouling less than their opponent, hitting their free throws (74% as a team), and playing fast (60+ shots per game) with 25+ three-point attempts per game. No, not the Lobos, but their first round preseason WNIT opponent, Texas State. Continue reading “Preview: UNM vs Texas State”

Mathis banks first win of the season

New Mexico opened the season with an 87-84 victory against CSUN on the road. Courtesy of UNM Athletics
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Senior Anthony Mathis came up big with a game-winning shot from beyond the arc to give the Lobos an 87-84 victory over CSUN during the last second of Tuesday night’s game. With this result, New Mexico opens the 2018-19 season with a victory on the road. Continue reading “Mathis banks first win of the season”

New Mexico soccer begins conference tournament play

Isabel Gonzalez
@cisabelg

The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team begins Conference USA Tournament play on Wednesday afternoon.

Continue reading “New Mexico soccer begins conference tournament play”

Lobos look to start season on a high note

New Mexico will look to open the 2018-19 season with a victory on the road as the Lobos take on CSUN on Tuesday. Isabel Gonzalez/The Lobo Lair
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New Mexico at CSUN
Nov. 6, 2018 – 8 p.m. MT
TV: CSUN Sports Network

Head coach Paul Weir said he wants the 2018-19 season to have a better start than the previous one. The Lobos will get a chance to start on a high note as they open on the road with a game against CSUN on Tuesday night. Continue reading “Lobos look to start season on a high note”