• Lobos survive scare in OT vs. Cowboys
    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a perfect Wyoming February outside — cold and snowy white — but inside the Lobos’ Pit the Cowboys’ gallant bid for a Mountain West upset also turned cold as the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team escaped with a gut-wrenching 66-61 overtime win. Lobo head coach Craig Neal said after the game that it didn’t appear his players listened to him when he said, “This isn’t going to be a cakewalk. This is going to be one of the toughest games you play.” And it was. The Cowboys had the ball at the close of regulation and Larry Nance Jr. threw up a short jumper over Alex Kirk that failed to fall ending regulation in a 57-57 tie.    “We didn’t play as well as we were capable of playing, but they made it difficult on us,” said Neal. “Our guys hung in there and we made big free throws.  We didn’t shoot the ball very well outside and Kendall (Williams) was having an off night. But he’s a clutch kid and he had some big free throws.” The Lobos (18-4 overall, 9-1 in the Mountain West) took control of the overtime period quickly with a Cameron Bairstow dunk and packaged several critical Wyoming turnovers with some timely Williams’ free throws.
  • Ski Report 02-05-14
    Angel Fire 27-inch base. 3 inches of new snow reported. 66 trails and 6 lifts open. Pajarito 18-inch base. 3 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 24-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reporting. 52 trails and 7 lifts open. Sandia Peak 19-inch base. 6 inches of new snow reported. Will reopen Friday. Santa Fe 39-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 70 trails and 6 lifts open. Sipapu 28-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 30 trails and 2 lifts open. Ski Apache 26-inch base. 12 inches of new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open. Taos 36-inch base. 9 inches of new snow reported. 91 trails and 14 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 14-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 30 trails open. Valles Caldera No report.
  • State Briefs 01-31-14
    Aggies earn big WAC win over Bakersfield The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team came back from a late deficit to knock off the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners. Daniel Mullings had four critical points in the final 48 seconds of the game as the Aggies topped the Roadrunners 89-86 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Mullings, who won his third WAC Player of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 32 points against Texas Pan-American last weekend, finished with 19 points Thursday night. NMSU (16-7 overall, 5-2 in the WAC) went to the foul line 44 times against Bakersfield and shot better than 53 percent from the floor. Those were numbers NMSU needed as it turned the ball over 14 times Thursday, which translated to 24 points on the other end for the Roadrunners (8-13, 1-6). Sim Bhullar, who has missed all six of NMSU’s WAC games up to this point with a foot injury, finished with 13 points for the Aggies, who needed the win over Bakersfield to keep pace with undefeated Utah Valley near the top of the WAC standings. Lobos host San Jose State Saturday night
  • N.M. prep basketball scores from Thursday
    Boys basketball Carlsbad 71, Goddard 58 Hagerman 59, NMMI 45 Jemez Valley 61, Desert Academy 42 Laguna-Acoma 47, Wingate 41 Menaul 71, Mountainair 56 Mesilla Valley Christian 49, Chaparral 45 Monte del Sol 78, Mora 72 Santa Fe Waldorf School 60, NMSD 27 Silver 59, Deming 42 St. Pius 51, Cibola 49 Tohatchi 81, Zuni 57 Girls basketball Albuquerque High 78, West Mesa 37 Atrisco Heritage 51, Highland 41 Cibola 62, Eldorado 58 Corona 74, Vaughn 40 Del Norte 57, Sandia Prep 38 Grants 39, Valencia 37 Hagerman 53, NMMI 43 La Cueva 58, Rio Rancho 31 La Veta, Colo. 53, Cimarron 37 Mayfield 48, Carlsbad 26 Mora 60, Monte del Sol 20 Robertson 58, Raton 42 Santa Fe Waldorf School 30, NMSD 26  
  • UNM gets big MWC victory
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has been waiting all season for this Hugh Greenwood to show up: The Greenwood who can bomb from the outside, unclogging the interior. That Greenwood finally showed up Tuesday with five 3-pointers and a 20-point night that more than doubled his season high to help the Lobos to an 84-75 victory over Boise State. “I think we’ve always expected that when we started the season for him to shoot the ball that well,” said New Mexico coach Craig Neal. “I think he’s been so instrumental in trying to get our team together, chemistry wise.” But with an injured right wrist that kept him out of two games and hampered him in a handful others, Greenwood was not stepping up. “He’s passed up shots in the past,” Neal said. “But I think he played really free tonight. He played the way I envisioned him playing. I think he can make shots like that.” Perhaps his biggest moment came with eight minutes remaining when the Broncos (13-6, 3-3 Mountain West) had trimmed a 32-15 New Mexico (14-4, 5-1) lead in the first half to 66-59. Greenwood’s 3-pointer from the wing restored the lead to 10 points. “He was terrific tonight and made some big shots,” Neal said.
  • State Notes 01-17-14
    Aggies fall at Chicago in big WAC contest
  • UNM loses big game in The Pit
    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico Lobo head coach Craig Neal didn’t necessarily like what he saw in The Pit Wednesday night. But Neal also didn’t like what he didn’t see. “They used to have a killer instinct in them,” Neal said of his Lobos, who dropped to 3-1 in Mountain West play after a 79-76 loss to UNLV. “They’ve lost an edge.  I can’t figure out what it is.  They (still) have it and they are going to find it. If they don’t get it back, it’s going to be a long year.” UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels fired up the scoreboard for 46 points in the first half to grab a 46-42 lead. UNM won the second half, but only by a point, 31-30.  With the loss, UNM dropped in the Mountain West standings behind 4-0 San Diego State, while Nevada is 4-1 after a home loss to Boise State. The Lobos had the ball in the final 26 seconds, but missed three attempts from long range trying to tie the score and force overtime. The difference at the end was marginal. The Rebels needed a stop and a basket. The Lobos needed a basket and a stop. It went the way of the Rebels.
  • N.M. prep basketball scores
    Boys basketball Albuquerque Academy 66, Los Lunas 59 Bayfield, Colo. 72, Bloomfield 46 Clayton 75, Mora 71 Clovis 69, Española Valley 62 Cuba 52, Mesa Vista 41 Hondo 78, Cloudcroft 45 Kirtland Central 80, Grants 74 Piedra Vista 65, Fruita, Colo. 55 Santa Fe 56, Valencia 48 Shiprock 62, Navajo Prep 51 St. Michael’s 60, Socorro 32 St. Pius 60, Artesia 52 Pojoaque 66, Gallup 60 Girls basketball McCurdy 32, Santa Rosa 29 Mesa Vista 51, Mountainair 40 Mora 54, Clayton 49 Peñasco 42, Dulce 41 Sandia Prep 56, Ramah 52 Vaughn 47, NMSD 46 Albuquerque Academy 30, Rehoboth 27 Raton 49, Socorro 45 Santa Fe 58, Moriarty 29 Belen 58, Ignacio, Colo. 31 Grants 46, Farmington 34 Kirtland Central 46, Bloomfield 29 Shiprock 63, Fruita, Colo. 28
  • Ski Report 01-10-14
    Angel Fire 20-inch base. No new snow reported. 55 trails and 6 lifts open. Pajarito 18-inch base. No new snow reported. 1 trail and 2 lifts open. Red River 24-inch base. No new snow reported. 51 trails and 7 lifts open. Sandia Peak 17-inch base. No new snow reported. 30 trails and 4 lifts open. Santa Fe 37-inch base. No new snow reported. 72 trails and 5 lifts open. Sipapu 25-inch base. No new snow reported. 30 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Apache 14-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open. Taos 35-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 96 trails and 14 lifts open. Angel Fire Nordic 11-inch base. 5 runs open. Enchanted Forest 15-inch base. 33 runs open.
  • Lobos face San Jose State on the road Saturday
    The University of New Mexico Lobos will attempt to improve to 3-0 in the Mountain West Saturday, but to do so the Lobos will have to win a second straight contest on the road. UNM (11-3) will take on San Jose State Saturday night. Wednesday night, the Lobos had to survive a scare at Wyoming. The Cowboys forced overtime in Laramie, but some clutch shooting by Cleveland Thomas and a big block by Alex Kirk on the defensive end gave the Lobos a 72-69 win. The Spartans (6-9, 0-3 in MW play) will head into their contest with the Lobos off a 66-64 loss to Colorado State Wednesday night. The Spartans couldn’t take advantage of a big night from Rashad Muhammad, who dropped in 28 points against the Rams.