• Aggies knock off Redhawks Thursday
    The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team topped Seattle University in a shootout Thursday night to improve to 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play.
  • Aggies host WAC contest
    The New Mexico State University Aggies men’s basketball team will try to run its conference record to 2-0 when it hosts Seattle University. That game is set for tonight in Las Cruces. The Aggies (12-5), winners of five straight, opened their WAC schedule on a good note last weekend, topping Grand Canyon University. Seattle (8-6), meanwhile, dropped its WAC opener to Kansas City. Kansas City is 2-0 in the conference and is currently atop the WAC standings.
  • Lobos hold on in OT for big MW road win
    LARAMIE, Wyo. — The “way” in Laramie wasn’t exactly smooth or easy, and took an extra five minutes to find. But the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team did find a ‘way.’ The Lobos beat the Wyoming Cowboys 72-69 Wednesday night in Laramie, needing overtime to do it. The Lobos managed it with some timely 3-pointers, some timely free throws by Cleveland Thomas and a few huge defensive plays. Maybe the biggest defensive play of the game came with less than 16 seconds left, when Wyoming’s Riley Grabau was flashing unattended to the UNM rim looking at a layup that would have pushed Wyoming into a 71-70 lead. Instead, Grabau found a 7-foot-wall in the form of Alex Kirk. Kirk came over from the weak side and slapped away Grabau’s potential go-ahead shot. Thomas, who earlier had banged in a huge trey, pounced on the loose ball and was fouled. He knocked down both free throws to push UNM up 72-69. UNM had to survive another Grabau 3-point attempt, but it fell short. The Lobos gobbled up the rebound and gobbled up its second Mountain West win, an important road.
  • VIDEO: Alex Kirk's postgame comments vs. Wyoming
  • Ski Report 01-03-14
    Angel Fire 26-inch base. No new snow reported. 60 trails and 6 lifts open. Pajarito 19-inch base. No new snow reported. 1 run and 2 lifts open. Red River 24-inch base. No new snow reported. 51 trails and 7 lifts open. Sandia Peak 24-inch base. No new snow reported. 36 trails and 4 lifts open. Santa Fe 37-inch base. No new snow reported. 72 trails and 7 lifts open. Sipapu 25-inch base. No new snow reported. 29 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Apache 16-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open. Taos 35-inch base. No new snow reported. 102 trails and 12 lifts open. Angel Fire Nordic 11-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open. Enchanted Forest 20-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.
  • Lobos could be in tight MW title race
    The vision of prognosticators looking in at the upcoming Mountain West race probably has changed, but only a bit. There is still the “Big Four,” beginning with the University of New Mexico followed by Boise State, San Diego State and UNLV.  But has the order changed from the preseason musings tossed out in October? And is 10-2 Utah State good enough to change it to a “Big Five?” And could it be that the rest of the MW teams are fired up to prove everyone wrong? UNM was the almost-unanimous preseason pick to protect its MW title and return to the throne. Right now, there really is no reason to question that October pick. But are the No. 20-ranked San Diego State Aztecs now the favorites heading into January? For sure, this is going to be a dog-eat-dog race and there doesn’t look to be too many conference cupcakes, especially for teams playing on the road. UNM is 9-3 with all three losses coming against quality teams. Anytime you head into a conference race with maybe the best one-two inside game — Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow — and probably the best all-around guard — Kendall Williams — you know you are going to be a threat for that title.
  • Outdoor Notes 12-25-13
    Information sought in poaching case ALAMOGORDO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the apprehension of an individual or individuals believed to have illegally killed four deer and then dumped the carcasses near Alamogordo. The deer carcasses were found Dec. 1 along Dulce Road in the Boles Acres subdivision south of Alamogordo. Most of the meat and the head of one deer had been removed. Several Wal-Mart bags of deer meat also were found at the site. The person who found the carcasses reported seeing a maroon Ford F-150 pickup in the area of the dump site. Anyone with information about this apparent poaching incident or any information about the Ford pickup is urged to call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-432-4263. Callers also may contact Marcelino Peralta, Alamogordo District wildlife officer, at 575-430-4212. Callers need not identify themselves. If the information leads to an arrest or filing of charges, the caller may be eligible for a $500 reward. Youth waterfowl hunts set in Bernardo
  • Lobos earn a big win over Antelopes
    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.”
  • Aggies win rematch with Lobos at The Pit Tuesday
    ALBUQUERQUE — Even though New Mexico State jumped out to an early 18-point lead, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies knew it was going to take a big play at the end to secure a win against rival New Mexico. That’s exactly what he got when Renaldo Dixon batted away a fastbreak layup attempt with 34 seconds remaining that would have tied it. Instead, New Mexico State held on for a 67-61 victory over the Lobos. “There’s got to be a player that does something special to win a game like this,” Menzies said. The Aggies (9-5) had just seen a 61-54 lead with 1:03 left whither to 61-59 when Arthur Edwards snared an errant pass and headed toward the Lobos’ end. He dished it off to Cullen Neal, who drove to the basket. “I knew he was going to go challenge,” Menzies said. “I saw him running for it and timing it up. I was thinking just don’t foul him, just don’t foul him, just don’t foul him. And there was a man in between him, he actually came from behind his own teammate to make the block. So that makes it even more fantastic.” That was the game’s key play, said New Mexico coach Craig Neal. “You’re down two with 40 seconds to go with a chance to tie and we didn’t tie it,” he said. “And they finished the game.”
  • Aggies seeking payback in 2nd game of their series with Lobos
    ALBUQUERQUE — They’re big. Nothing has changed about the New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team’s core. They still have 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar and he has a nice supporting row of Aggie bigs, including 6-10 Tshilidzi Nephawe and 6-10 Renaldo Dixon. The Lobos cut down those trees in Las Cruces. Can they repeat the performance in The Pit and get the sweep tonight? “They have a really good team,” said Lobo head coach Craig Neal. “I think they are going to come in here and expect to win.” It’s a difficult thing to step into The Pit and leave with a victory. The Aggies probably are good enough to do that, but they have to change the way they played in Las Cruces earlier this month in a 79-70 University of New Mexico win. NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies was not happy with his Aggies’ performance in that loss. Simply put: there wasn’t enough fire for a NMSU team defending its home turf against its in-state rival. Tonight, the Aggies have to change a lot of things. They also have to figure out how to take one of the Lobos’ big three out of the scoring column in a big way, although they did it in Las Cruces and still lost.