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  • Lobos top UConn, 66-60
    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — New Mexico kept No. 21 Connecticut from winning the lone tournament it could have won this season. Tournament MVP Kendall Williams scored 15 points and the Lobos staved off a late UConn rally en route to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam. New Mexico (4-0) led by 10 points early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 7:11 left. But UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took over the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play. However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory. "Both teams really fought for three games in four days," said New Mexico coach Steve Alford. "We've started the season doing a really good job at the foul line. We're getting there often, and we're making them." Indeed, the Lobos hit all 21 free throws on Monday. UConn went to the line just nine times, hitting seven. "Anytime you can beat your opponent 21-7 at the line, you're probably going to win a lot of games," Alford noted.
  • Sipapu kicks off NM's ski season, others this week
    VADITO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week. Snowmaking has started at some ski areas around New Mexico, but Sipapu was the first to open. The resort is reporting an 18-inch base. Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall. Ski resorts in New Mexico and around the West had an unusual season last year. Early on, the snow was relatively good in New Mexico, but resorts in other Western states were forced to close early because of lackluster snow.
  • Saturday prep football scores roundup
      PREP FOOTBALL Class 3A First Round Hope Christian 50, Taos 0 Lovington 36, Pojoaque 0 Robertson 40, Portales 26 Class 2A First Round Clayton 52, Navajo Prep 6 Dexter 56, Ramah 11 Lordsburg 21, Laguna-Acoma 14 Tucumcari 45, Mesilla Valley Christian 0
  • Prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Class 5A First Round Clovis 47, Atrisco Heritage 21 Eldorado 28, Cleveland 26 Mayfield 35, Manzano 28 Volcano Vista 28, Valley 27 Class 4A First Round Aztec 63, Santa Fe 13 Deming 36, Roswell 0 Moriarty 45, Farmington 20 Piedra Vista 49, St. Pius 3
  • State Notes 11-15-12
    Younger Alford son signs with Lobos Wednesday
  • Lobos top Davidson
    The University of New Mexico Lobos came back from a 16-point deficit early in the second half to win their men's basketball season opener. The Lobos played early in the morning Tuesday against Davidson, earning an 86-81 victory to open the 2012-13 campaign. UNM struggled in the first half, making just 9 of 26 attempts from the field as Davidson (0-1) went ahead 45-31. UNM shot a little better in the second half (13-for-28) but rebounded considerably better. Davidson had a 13-3 rebounding edge at one point in the first half, but the Lobos ended up winning the battle on the boards by a comfortable 45-28 margin. Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, was one of four Lobos to finish in double-digits scoring. Kirk had 14 points in 25 minutes of play. He also finished with seven rebounds, three of them on the offensive side of the court.
  • Prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Alamogordo 47, Onate 14 Aztec 63, Kirtland Central 0 Belen 56, Grants 9 Bloomfield 55, Shiprock 0 Clovis 55, Hobbs 0 Dexter 54, Loving 12 Eldorado 32, Manzano 29 Estancia 36, Clayton 6 Farmington 21, Piedra Vista 14 Goddard 22, Roswell 6 Las Cruces 36, Mayfield 13 Los Lunas 46, Valencia 0 Navajo Prep 66, Dulce 12
  • Aggies drop Western, 98-49
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team rolled to a 98-49 win over Western New Mexico in its lone exhibition game of the 2012-13 preseason Monday. The Aggies had five players in double-figures with senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings providing 13 points each. Senior forward Bandja Sy added 12 points, junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe chipped in 11 and redshirt freshman guard Eric Weary had 10. NMSU utilized its size advantage for a 20-rebound edge on the boards, 46-26, and Sy grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. The Aggies shot the ball well and recorded a 57.1 field goal percentage (36-of-63) and 45.5 3-point percentage (10-of-22). The Aggies built a 52-27 halftime lead behind a balanced offense. Sy led all scorers after the first half with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Watson added nine points on a 4-of-4 performance from the field. NMSU opens the regular season at Oregon State Sunday. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
  • Kirk has big night in exhibition contest vs. NMHU
    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper Alex Kirk had a big night for the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team Monday night. Kirk had 16 points coming off the bench for the Lobos in their 92-70 exhibition win over the New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys. Kirk hit 4 of 10 shots from the floor and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line, along with adding three steals and a pair of blocked shots in 21 minutes. Monday’s exhibition contest was the first action for Kirk since the 2010-11 season. He sat out the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing back surgery in the offseason. “It felt really good,” Kirk said of his return. “Definitely the first few minutes I was really nervous. I had flashbacks of that Detroit game my freshman year of me running up and down the court not knowing where I was going. Once I got the flow, I felt really good and felt my condition come in with me and got a little bit of a second wind in me and it felt really good.” Kirk also hurt his ankle during the preseason and had to sit out the Lobos’ exhibition contest over Victory University Oct. 31.
  • Friday's prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Belen 48, Valencia 7 Bloomfield 51, Wingate 0 Centennial High School 33, Chaparral 28 Cleveland 56, Volcano Vista 41 Clovis 34, Carlsbad 29 Dexter 53, NMMI 12 Estancia 72, Santa Fe Indian 21 Eunice 35, Loving 6 Farmington 48, Kirtland Central 6 Fort Sumner 41, Jal 13 Gateway Christian 60, Carrizozo 6 Goddard 49, Artesia 19 Grants 46, Gallup 20 Las Cruces 50, Gadsden 0