• 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."
  • Mullings helps New Mexico State defeat Idaho 65-49
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daniel Mullings scored 23 points to lead New Mexico State over Idaho 65-49 Thursday in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals. Mullings was 10 of 14 from the field for the game for New Mexico State (22-10). Bandja Sy added 14 points and had seven rebounds. Sim Bhullar had seven points and seven rebounds. No. 3 seed New Mexico State led 32-28 at halftime. Both teams had 26 rebounds, but New Mexico State shot 60 percent from the field for the game, while the Vandals (12-18) shot 40 percent. Idaho had 16 turnovers, which the Aggies converted into 25 points. Kyle Barone led No. 6 seed Idaho with 19 points and five rebounds. Connor Hill had 14 points. Mike McChristian also had five rebounds. New Mexico State will play Texas State today.
  • Fishing Report 03-15-13
  • Ski Report 03-15-13
    Angel Fire 34-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 64 trails and 7 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 42-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 33 trails open. Pajarito 20-inch base of variable conditions, No new snow reported. 32 trails and 3 lifts open. Red River 45-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open. Sipapu 43-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Apache 20-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 24 trails and 7 lifts open. Ski Santa Fe 53-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 74 trails and 7 lifts open. Taos 62-inch base of spring conditions, No new snow reported. 111 trails and 14 lifts open. Valles Caldera Conditions not reported.  
  • Boys and girls prep basketball semifinals
      Boys Basketball Class 5A Semifinal Clovis 69, Eldorado 66, OT Class 4A Semifinal St. Pius 66, Los Lunas 60 Class AA Semifinal Dexter 32, Mesilla Valley Christian 30
  • UNM bounces Wyoming to advance in MW
     LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Mexico won its quarterfinal matchup in the Mountain West Conference tournament despite a sluggish stretch in what seemed like a home game. Tony Snell scored 15 points and the No. 15 Lobos led from start to finish, beating Wyoming 59-46 on Wednesday night. Cameron Bairstow added 14 and eight rebounds for top-seeded New Mexico (27-5), which will play San Diego State in the semifinals Friday. “I guess in the eyes of the beholder of what’s pretty and ugly,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. “In March, when you win by 13 — to me — it’s pretty.” The Lobos traveled well, bringing about 4,000 fans to the Thomas & Mack Center, home of third-seeded UNLV. At times Wednesday night, the Rebels’ home court felt like The Pit in Albuquerque. The teams could meet in the final Saturday after the No. 3 Rebels won their quarterfinal against Air Force. earlier Wednesday. UNLV plays No. 2 seed Colorado State on Friday. “(Our) fans are definitely a big part of how we play,” Snell said. “They give us energy to play better and pick each other up. We tried to be aggressive from the start, and try to be a threat out there. But we can never win games without having defensive stops.”