• Upset of the day: Harvard ousts New Mexico--Video Extra
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some people may have heard of the school that's suddenly generating a bit of March Madness buzz. Harvard. Yep, Harvard —the school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico. Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to give 14th-seeded Harvard (20-9) its first tournament victory in only three measly trips. "It's unbelievable," guard Christian Webster said. "We're still in disbelief. This is as good as it gets for us right now." He had no doubt the scene at Harvard Square was as crazy as the one inside the Crimson locker room, where noise from Harvard's postgame celebration carried down through the concourse. The Crimson put the clamps on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.
  • Aggies no match for Billikens Thursday
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Saint Louis had no problem maneuvering around 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar and New Mexico State. Dwayne Evans scored 24 points, Cody Ellis added 12 points and the fourth-seeded Billikens overwhelmed the Aggies 64-44 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday. Playing with a heavy heart since Rick Majerus died in December, Saint Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories. Evans shot 11 of 16 from the floor and finished a point shy of his career best to propel Saint Louis past Bhullar. The Billikens held Bhullar to four points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Bandja Sy had 17 points and nine rebounds for the 13th-seeded Aggies (24-11), who shot a miserable 28 percent. Saint Louis shot 46 percent and forced 16 turnovers. The big man bothered the Billikens at first. The lumbering center stayed around the rim while his other four teammates chased five players around the perimeter. The unconventional defensed allowed Bhullar to save energy and protect the paint. Once Saint Louis solved the big man, it had no trouble on either end of the floor.
  • New 10-year contract for New Mexico coach Alford
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Steve Alford loves New Mexico and New Mexico loves Steve Alford. Those simple facts made Wednesday, the eve of the second round of the NCAA tournament, as good a time as any for the Lobos to announce they've given their coach a new, 10-year contract that could be worth up to $2 million a year counting base salary and bonuses. The deal calls for Alford to be in Albuquerque through 2023. With the third-seeded Lobos getting ready to play No. 14 Harvard on Thursday in a West regional game, Alford's contract was the hot topic in his day-before news conference. Alford, who was directed to Albuquerque by his former coach, Bob Knight, is 155-51 over six years at New Mexico. The Lobos are in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years and their 29 wins are second-most in school history. Alford won 30 in 2009-10. "I think we have started to put our imprint on our program and we've got things in place to be successful," Alford said. "We have put a great product out there, won games, won championships and now we're trying to take that to another level."
  • Basketball fever sweeping New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — With some of their strongest teams in years, New Mexico and New Mexico State are creating quite the NCAA tournament buzz across the state. Mountain West Conference champion and No. 3 seed New Mexico (29-5) is in the West Regional and will face No. 14 seed Harvard (19-9), the Ivy League champions, on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Behind Kendall Williams and Tony Snell, this could be the best Lobos squad since Norm Ellenberger’s teams in the late 1970s. Meanwhile in the southern part of the state, residents are celebrating No. 13 New Mexico State (24-10), the champion of the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies defeated Texas-Arlington in the WAC tournament championship game and face fourth-seeded Saint Louis (27-6) in their Midwest Regional opener in San Jose, Calif. “It’s amazing. The whole state is excited,” said 33-year-old Todd Johnson, owner of Dos Hermanos burrito shop in Albuquerque. “It’s bringing us all together.”
  • Ski Report 03-20-13
    Angel Fire 34-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 60 trails and 6 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 24-inch base of packed powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open. Pajarito Closed for the season. Red River 45-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open. Sandia Peak Closed for the season. Sipapu 39-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 39 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Apache 14-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 23 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Santa Fe 47-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 74 trails and 7 lifts open. Taos 61-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 111 trails and 14 lifts open. Valles Caldera Conditions not reported.
  • Lobos land No. 3 seed in NCAA West
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Mexico earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Region after winning the tough Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Lobos (29-5) will face No. 14 seed Harvard (19-9), the Ivy League champions, on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Behind co-stars Kendall Williams and Tony Snell, this is the best team the Lobos have had since Norm Ellenberger's teams in the late 1970s. Coach Steve Alford's team finally feels it can make a deep run in the NCAA tournament after losing 59-56 to Louisville in the third round last season. All season, Snell and Williams took turns starring for the Lobos, who were joined by Mountain West members Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State and UNLV in the NCAA tournament.
  • New Mexico State holds on to win WAC title
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Aggies passed their chemistry test. New Mexico State fended off a furious rally by UT Arlington with less than two minutes left, getting 16 points, 15 rebounds and five block shots from Sim Bhullar to pull out a 64-55 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night for its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Holding a 32-30 lead at halftime, New Mexico State (24-10) used a 19-8 run to open its biggest lead of the game, going up 51-38 with 11:27 left. The Mavericks wouldn't go quietly. Kevin Butler's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10:17 left sparked a 15-5 run that pulled UT Arlington within three points with 1:55 remaining. But Terrel de Rouen's soft jumper just outside the key with 1:17 remaining halted the Mavericks' surge and shifted the momentum back toward the Aggies, who closed the game on an 8-2 run to seal the win.
  • No. 15 New Mexico beats UNLV to win MWC tournament
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Alford still had the net around his neck when the lobbying began for his New Mexico Lobos. No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference, for sure. But how about a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? Improbable, yes, if only because this is the Mountain West after all. But Alford made it clear Saturday he wasn't going to settle for just being a No. 2. "We've got to be in the talks," Alford said.
  • Prep basketball championship game scores
      Boys Basketball Class 4A Championship St. Pius 57, Albuquerque Academy 53 Class 3A Championship Hope Christian 41, St. Michael's 29 Class AA Championship Laguna-Acoma 51, Dexter 39
  • No. 15 New Mexico back in MWC title game
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Mexico's size and Tony Snell's shooting were too much for San Diego State. Snell scored 17, including five 3-pointers, to lead No. 15 New Mexico past San Diego State 60-50 in the semifinal round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday night. Top-seeded New Mexico will look for back-to-back tournament titles on Saturday against UNLV. "I'm excited about defending our championship," New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. "I thought our guys did a lot of good things, especially on the defensive end for 40 minutes." Also for the Lobos (28-5), Cameron Bairstow added 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Alex Kirk had 15 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks. "I wouldn't say they were undersized, but they were smaller than us," said Kirk, the 7-foot center. "There was an emphasis to go right at them. We kept up the intensity. We got defensive stops and we kept going at them."