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  • Men's basketball: Alford wins 400th game as Lobos drop Falcons, 75-61
    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Steve Alford couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic after his team’s 75-61 win at Air Force Tuesday night. After all, he’d just become the 40th active Division I basketball coach to reach 400 career wins at the collegiate level.
  • Men's basketball: Lobos upset No. 9 BYU
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Tony Snell hit three big shots down the stretch. Before that, he did a nice defensive number against the nation’s top scorer. Snell, a freshman, scored a career-high 16 points and made three  3-pointers in the final five minutes, helping New Mexico beat the No. 9 Cougars 86-77 Saturday. “I just tried to play as hard as I can,” Snell said. “Coach told me to be ready and shoot with confidence.”
  • State roundup: Aggie men’s hoops dropped by Wolfpack
    RENO, Nev. — The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team’s three-game win streak was snapped with a 90-71 loss at Nevada Thursday. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater had a game-high 22 points from the Aggies, while junior guard Hernst Laroche added 11 points.  The Aggies moved to 10-10 and 4-2 in the Western Athletic Conference while the Wolf Pack improved to 6-13 and 3-3 in the WAC. Offensively, NMSU was strong in the first half with a 51.9 field goal percentage but hampered in the second half, held to a 30.3 percent clip.
  • Basketball: Lobo men fall on road to Utes
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Josh Watkins scored 22 points and J.J. O’Brien added a career-high 18 to help Utah beat New Mexico 82-72 on Wednesday night. Watkins scored on a variety of drives and pushed the ball at every opportunity to spark the Utes (9-10, 2-3 Mountain West) to back-to-back wins after dropping seven straight. O’Brien, a freshman who missed nine games with a broken foot and had only scored 32 points all season, made 7 of 13 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.
  • Baseball: Effort to get team in Clovis whiffs
    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An effort to put professional baseball in Clovis has struck out. The Clovis News Journal reports the independent Pecos League pulled its association with the Clovis Pioneers on Monday, replacing them with the Ruidoso Osos. League Commissioner Andrew Dunn says he doesn't see how organizers can make it work financially in Clovis.
  • Men's basketball: Lobos fall to No. 6 San Diego St.
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Coach Steve Fisher is almost ready to say it: smooth-shooting point guard D.J. Gay is San Diego State’s best player. Gay scored a career-high 30 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 6 San Diego State beat New Mexico 87-77 on Saturday night to remain one of the nation’s four unbeaten teams. Fisher said he has maintained all season that Gay is arguably the team’s most important player.
  • Men's basketball: UNM holds on to beat CSU by 7
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Phillip McDonald equaled a career-high with 27 points and Drew Gordon added a double-double to lead New Mexico to a 68-61 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday night. The Lobos (13-4, 1-1 Mountain West) never trailed, but they needed a McDonald 3-pointer with 47.6 seconds left to finally put away the Rams (11-5, 1-1). “He was hard to guard tonight,” coach Steve Alford said of McDonald. “He took good shots.”
  • Kirk sets New Mexico freshman record in 102-62 win
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Alex Kirk knew of former New Mexico standout and NBA player Kenny Thomas, but didn't know he had just surpassed him. Kirk set a New Mexico freshman scoring record with 31 points Wednesday night as the Lobos defeated Cal State Bakersfield 102-62. Kirk, who was 11 of 13 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, more than tripled his previous high of 10 points, matching that figure with 8:31 left in the first half.
  • Basketball: Lobos outlast Aggies, Kirk scores 7 points and grabs 6 rebounds
    LAS CRUCES — Just as predicted, the Rio Grande Rivalry between the Lobos and the Aggies was a wild and thrilling one with the Lobos coming out victorious, topping the Aggies 84-78 in overtime at the Pan American Center Saturday night. UNM improved to 6-1 overall, while NMSU dropped to 2-6. This was the fourth straight win and second on the road for a young Lobo team. Head coach Steve Alford has been very pleased with the way his green players have responded to the recent challenges.
  • Football: Artesia tops Aztec for AAAA title, Lovington & Mayfield win
    The Artesia Bulldogs added another notch to their record with a big win over the Aztec Tigers in Saturday’s Class AAAA state championship football game. The Bulldogs knocked off the Tigers 45-34 in the state title game played in Artesia. The state championship victory was the 27th in the history of Artesia football since 1957. Artesia won its sixth state title since 2000, when the five-classification system was introduced in New Mexico.