State Notes 10-04-11

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Lobo men’s hoops tickets go on sale Wednesday

ALBUQUERQUE – The University of New Mexico will put 2011-12 men’s basketball season tickets on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Tickets will go on sale at the Lobos’ ticket office, located at The Pit in Albuquerque. Tickets may also be purchased online at golobos.com or by calling the ticket office at 505-925-5858.
The Lobos, who have won at least 22 games in each of head coach Steve Alford’s first four years at the school, are returning senior Drew Gordon and last year’s Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Kendall Williams.
This season, UNM has 18 home games scheduled, including two exhibition games and nine non-conference games. Highlighting the non-conference season will be New Mexico State (Nov. 16), Missouri State (Dec. 3) and five games between Dec. 20-Jan. 7.
“I’ve always said that The Pit is a special place for basketball because of our fans,” said Alford.  “We are excited about our basketball team, and our guys feed off that energy from our fans.  All of our successes over the previous four seasons have been in large part due to the passionate fan base that we have.”
The Lobo Howl, which will be at The Pit, is scheduled for Oct. 14.
Season ticket packages start at $268 for adults, $144 for youth.
Drew Gordon is named to Wooden List

LOS ANGELES – University of New Mexico men’s basketball forward Drew Gordon has been selected as one of 50 players to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top
50 List, officials at the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.
Gordon is the only Mountain West Conference player among the 50 selected.
Gordon played in 26 games last season, his first with the Lobos. He averaged a double-double, collecting 13.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.  He tied a Pit record with 23 boards against Utah, and he became the first Lobo to average a double-double since
Last season he was the Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and second team
All-Conference.  He has been selected the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year by both Lindy’s and Athlon Sports.
“Drew is an outstanding player and very deserving to be recognized as one of the top 50 players in the country,” said Lobo head coach Steve Alford.  “To be on the Wooden list is a prestigious honor.  We are very happy for him and look forward to an exciting season out of both him and our team.”

NMSU’s Christian named Offensive Player of Week

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — New Mexico State quarterback Matt Christian has been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against New Mexico this past weekend.
This is Christian’s first conference player of the week award and the third for the Aggies this season.
Christian, a senior from San Diego, Calif., completed 16-of-27 passes. His 296 yards and four touchdowns were both career highs.
Christian didn’t throw an interception in the Aggies’ 42-28 win at New Mexico Saturday.
Also in that contest, Christian rushed for a career-high 101 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He had 397 yards of total offense and accounted for five of the six Aggie touchdowns in the game.
Christian was also named College Sports Madness WAC Offensive Player of the Week, Rivals.com WAC Conference Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards named him an Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week.
The Aggies have their bye week this week. They will next play against Idaho Oct. 15 at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Rhoades named Co-MWC Player of Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of New Mexico middle blocker Ashley Rhoades has been named the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Co-Player of the Week for matches played from Sept. 27-Oct. 2.
Rhoades shares the honor with Colorado State opposite hitter Katelyn Steffan.
Rhoades, a 5-11 senior from Rio Rancho, led the Lobos to a 2-0 record last week. She hit .500 (11 kills, 1 error, 19 attempts) in a 3-0 win at Air Force Thursday, adding three blocks on the evening.
Saturday, Rhoades recorded a season MWC-high 31 kills in a 3-1 win at Boise State. She had eight blocks and two digs to go along with her kill total.
The Boise State match was a battle, as all four games were decided by two points.
Rhoades’ 36 points was the most recorded by any MWC player this season. Her 31 kills rank as the fourth-most ever recorded in a MWC match, moving her ahead of CSU’s Jaime Strauss who had 30 kills at BYU in 2007. It is also tied for the third most kills ever recorded in UNM history. Pualine Manser had 31 kills against San Jose State on Oct. 5, 1990.
This is the second such honor for Rhoades in her career. Her first came on Oct. 5, 2009, during her sophomore season.