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  • Lobos win big on their Senior Night
    ALBUQUERQUE — For New Mexico senior Cameron Bairstow, Wednesday night’s game with Air Force was all he could have sought in the final home appearance of his career. Bairstow finished with 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the 21st-ranked Lobos to an 80-52 victory. A leading candidate for Mountain West Conference player of the year, Bairstow finished off his night with just the second 3-pointer of his career. He left to a standing ovation with 5:26 remaining and New Mexico leading 71-40. “In terms of how things went and getting a win, shoot that 3 and experience that sort of stuff and the crowd, that was all part of the dream,” he said. “I think that’s as good as it’s going to get.” The Lobos finish the regular season on Saturday at No. 10 San Diego State, the team they started the night tied for first place with in the conference. Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich knew his team was in for a rough night from the outset. “In this environment, on senior night, we knew it was going to be a buzz saw,” he said.
  • NMSU Aggies fall short in overtime
    The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team held a 7 point lead with about 2-1/2 minutes remaining, but couldn’t survive a comeback by the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Wolverines erased the deficit and forced overtime Thursday night in Orem. In the overtime period, Utah Valley outscored NMSU 13-8 to take a 66-61 victory in a critical Western Athletic Conference game. The win by Utah Valley (17-10, 11-3 in WAC) put it a game ahead of NMSU (21-9, 10-4) in the conference standings. NMSU has just two games remaining in the regular season. Utah Valley’s Ben Arid had 21 points to lead all scorers, while Keawe Enos sank to key free throws late to force overtime. For the Aggies, Daniel Mullings had 19 and Sim Bhullar finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The end of the game was marred by an on-court brawl after NMSU’s KC Ross-Miller hurled a ball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker after time expired.
  • Lobos top Utags to keep pace in the MW
    One of the knocks on the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team this season has been its defense. But it’s hard to complain about the team’s defense the last two games. Following up on a huge defensive performance Saturday night in a win over San Diego State, the Lobos came up big once again, this time in their victory over the Utah State Aggies. The Aggies, or Utags, as they’re better known, managed a pedestrian 37.9 percent shooting average from the floor Tuesday night as the Lobos topped them 67-58 at The Pit. That came just two nights after the Lobos held San Diego State’s Aztecs to just 44 points in their contest, also in Albuquerque, which allowed UNM to pull even with the Aztecs for the lead in the Mountain West standings. UNM needed the big defensive showing, though, as it had a relatively pedestrian night on the other end. UNM managed only 26 points in the opening half — the Lobos actually trailed at the break — and shot just 39.3 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes itself. Utah State kept it close most of the way Tuesday. Kyle Davis dropped in a layup at the 6:54 mark of the second half to give the Utags a 52-50 edge, but UNM’s Cullen Neal drained a 3-pointer about 20 seconds later to put the Lobos up for good.
  • Lobos top Aztecs to earn first-place tie
    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team pulled even with the San Diego State Aztecs for the top spot in the Mountain West with a win in Albuquerque Saturday. The Lobos held the Aztecs to just 22 points in each half as they earned a 58-44 victory in The Pit to knot up the top spot in the conference. UNM and San Diego State will meet once more, in southern California, in a game which could well decide the regular season title. The Lobos (21-5 overall, 12-2 in MW) allowed the Aztecs (23-3, 12-2) to convert just 30.6 percent of their chances from the floor in the first half. The Aztecs did little better in the second half, making just 10 field goals. UNM was in danger of playing itself right out of a chance for the conference regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming MW tournament with a loss to Boise State Feb. 12. But with back-to-back wins over UNLV — which handed the Lobos their first conference loss — and the Aztecs, who were ranked sixth in the country heading into Saturday’s game, have propelled UNM to the top of the standings. Cameron Bairstow led the way for the Lobos with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Kendall Williams added 10 points and Cullen Neal had 8 off the bench.
  • State Notes 02-13-14
    Lobos tripped up by Broncos The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team had a chance to pull even with the San Diego State Aztecs Wednesday night, but it couldn’t hold on to a late lead against the Boise State Broncos. UNM’s Kendall Williams buried a 3-pointer with :31 remaining at Boise, but Derrick Marks of Boise State was fouled with :14 remaining and nailed both clutch free throws as the Broncos upended the Lobos 71-70. A win by the Lobos would’ve tied them with the Aztecs for the lead in the Mountain West conference — San Diego State, the No. 5 team in the nation, was upset by Wyoming Tuesday night in Laramie — but the Broncos erased a 12-point lead the Lobos had built up late in the first half to earn the victory. Williams had a big night for the Lobos (18-5 overall) finishing with 22 points, while Cameron Bairstow added 20 and Alex Kirk finished with 13 points and 9 boards. But the Broncos actually won the battle on the glass by a wide margin, 35-25. The Broncos (16-9, 6-6 in MW) were paced by Anthony Drmic’s 18 points, while Thomas Bropleh finished with 14. Aggies host Lou Henson Classic tonight
  • Ski Report 02-12-14
    Angel Fire 30-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 69 trails and 6 lifts open. Pajarito 19-inch base. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 24-inch base. No new snow reported. 52 trails and 2 lifts open. Sandia Peak 23-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday. Santa Fe 39-inch base. No new snow reported. 73 trails and 6 lifts open. Ski Apache 26-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open. Taos 42-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 98 trails and 14 lifts open. Chama Cross-Country 60-inch base. No new snow reported. Enchanted Forest 12-inch base. No new snow reported. 30 trails open. Valles Caldera Conditions not reported.
  • Aggies fall in critical WAC contest vs. Idaho
    The New Mexico State Aggie men’s basketball team lost a lead at the half for the first time this season Thursday night. NMSU was up 36-32 over the Idaho Vandals in Moscow, but the Vandals outscored NMSU by 10 points in the second half to win a big Western Athletic Conference contest, 73-67. Idaho (9-14 overall, 3-6 in the WAC) got 24 points from Stephen Madison, who led all scorers. Madison went 8 of 18 from the floor and also finished with 8 rebounds. The loss was a disappointing one for the Aggies (17-8, 6-3 in the WAC), who just last week pulled to within a game of Utah Valley for the conference lead. Now the Aggies are two full games back of Utah Valley with seven conference games left to play. Daniel Mullings, who won two consecutive Player of the Week honors coming into this week, had 20 points and DK Eldridge and Kevin Aronis finished with 12. Mullings’ points tied him with former Aggie standout Charles Gosa for 13th on the all-time scoring list at the school. NMSU will be at Seattle U Saturday. NMSU topped Seattle 96-87 Jan. 9 in Las Cruces. 
  • 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