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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — For much of the season, New Mexico has been a 3-man basketball team offensively with Kendall Williams, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk carrying more than their fair share of the scoring load.
But new options are starting to emerge for the Lobos as they try to patch the gap left by injured point guard Hugh Greenwood, who is expected back when the schedule resumes Jan. 4 with the start of Mountain West play against Colorado State.
Cullen Neal did an admirable job of running the point Monday, finishing with 18 points and seven assists, to lead New Mexico to an 80-68 win over Grand Canyon.
Neal drilled an open 3-pointer early in the game, then fed his teammates for buckets on three consecutive possessions the help the Lobos get out to a 15-3 lead in which every starter scored.
It’s all part of a renewed emphasis on distributing the ball, said Neal’s father, Lobos coach Craig Neal.
“It feels good that we’re finally making some shots,” he said. “I think our guys are really gelling and trusting their teammates and making the extra pass. I told the guys just the last two games, the only way you’re going to get back to your winning ways is if you’re playing together and sharing the ball.”
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