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  • Lobo track star named to Bowerman watch list
    University of New Mexico track & field student-athlete Josh Kerr captured a spot on The Bowerman Men’s Post-Indoor Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday. Kerr, a three-time NCAA champion and back-to-back NCAA mile titlist, is one of 10 men selected to the Post-Indoor Watch List, which is the fourth such list in 2018 for The Bowerman, the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field. Coming out of the 2018 indoor track & field season, Kerr has cemented himself as one of the elite middle-distance runners in the NCAA. The first male athlete to win back-to-back NCAA mile crowns since former Lobo Lee Emanuel (2009-10), Kerr defending his upstart win from 2017 with a gusty victory last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Powered by his remarkable finishing speed, Kerr won the race in 3 minutes, 57.02 seconds. He is just the ninth male athlete to win consecutive national championships in the mile run over the 53-year history of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Kerr also rewrote the record books in February, as he ran a personal-record time of 3:54.72 to place second in the elite Wanamaker Mile at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.
  • UNM advances to second round of NIT
    Cherise Beynon scored a game-high 33 points and N’Dea Flye hit two momentum-changing three-pointers late to lead the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team to a hard-fought 82-80 win over Saint Mary’s in the first round of the WNIT. Playing in Johnson Center on the main campus of UNM due to a schedule conflict in their usual venue of Dreamstyle Arena, the Lobos found themselves at home as they held off a furious Gael rally to advance to second-round action vs. Rice on Tuesday. “We held our composure, even when there were plenty of opportunities not to,” UNM head coach Mike Bradbury said. “I thought they were great. They held themselves together and made it a place to win.” Back in the WNIT for the sixth time overall and first time since 2010, the Lobos made sure they’d get to keep playing as they relied on their pressure defense and a boisterous crowd for the victory. The crowd, announced at 1,428 fans, was instrumental down the stretch. Packed in the old home of the UNM men’s basketball team, the crowd’s intensity at Johnson rivaled that of many crowds in The Pit. New Mexico forced 24 Saint Mary’s turnovers on the evening, which translated into 30 points off turnovers.
  • UNM men advance to semifinals of MW tourney
    For the first time since 2014, The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament. The No. 3 seed Lobos (18-14) claimed a 10-point victory over No. 6 seed Wyoming (20-13) by a score of 85-75 to extend their win streak to six on Thursday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The victory marks UNM’s first win in the Mountain West Championships since 2014 when it took the tournament title as the No. 2 seed. The Lobos also mark the first No. 3 seed to reach the championship semifinals since 2015. With UNM’s victory, No. 3 seeds are now 9-10 all-time in the quarterfinal round. The Lobos will face No. 7 seed Utah State on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. MT / 8:30 p.m. PT. The teams split this season. After UNM suffered an 89-80 road loss on Jan. 31, UNM rallied for a 78-63 Valentine’s Day victory at The Pit.
  • NMSU earns regular season conference title
    Whatever was said at Friday’s practice worked for first-year Aggie head coach Chris Jans Saturday night as his team pounded UMKC at home 82-58 and claimed the Western Athletic Conference title outright moments after its win when Grand Canyon topped Utah Valley at home. The win propelled the Aggies to 24-5 overall on the year and 11-2 mark in conference play. NMSU also captured its third regular-season title in four years. In addition, it was the seventh-straight season New Mexico State has won 23 or more games in a single-season. “Anytime you win a championship it’s awesome, but to do it in front of your home crowd and have a crowd like we had tonight is great,” Jans said. “I had no idea what the numbers were, but it looked really good from my perspective where I sit and stand. I’m very happy to have them come out and support these seniors and this team.” NMSU looked much more like its old self in the opening five minutes of play in the Pan American, knocking down 5-of-6 from the field – including back-to-back 3-pointers from AJ Harris that gave the Aggies the 14-5 lead. A trio of triples from UMKC brought the visitors within 24-16 of the Aggies. Midway through, a quick 7-0 spurt by the NMSU put them on top 33-18 with 6:30 left in the first half.
  • Cosgrove named UNM acting coach
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove will serve as acting football coach for New Mexico while head coach Bob Davie serves a 30-day suspension. Athletic Director Eddie Nunez announced the appointment of Cosgrove as acting coach on Friday, a day after university President announced that Davie’s suspension will begin Saturday. Abdallah announced the suspension last week after the school released the results of two recent investigations involving Davie and the football program. The investigations examined whether Davie and his coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players. UNM’s Board of Regents decided Tuesday not to accept Davie’s appeal of the suspension. Davie is two seasons into a six-year contract that runs through the 2021 season and pays him $822,690 annually, not including bonuses and incentives.
  • NMSU stays undefeated in WAC conference play
    Clutch free-throws down the stretch in the final 2:26 minutes of play lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Grand Canyon Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 12,898 inside the Pan American Center, 74-70. The over-capacity crowd played a significant role in the win Saturday night, fueling the Aggies in the final minutes of play while also disrupting the GCU offense to the tune of just 1-of-8 shooting in the final five minutes of play. New Mexico State, winners of 11-straight after Saturday’s thrilling victory, have been solid from the free-throw line lately and used it to its advantage. The Aggies knocked down 8-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of action en route to their win. After both teams exchanged a bucket to start the game, the Crimson & White led by Jemerrio Jones rattled off 10-straight points for the 12-7 lead at the first media break. However, the Lopes answered with a 10-0 run of their own to take the lead in the latter part of the half. NMSU got within 23-22 of GCU after a jumper from Jones, but the Lopes came right back at the Aggies and pushed their deficit to 33-26 with 3:09 left in the half.
  • Aggies continue winning ways
    Balanced scoring and another 20-rebound night from Jemerrio Jones saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team overpower CSU Bakersfield Thursday night 69-43 at the Pan American Center. The win pushed Aggie win-streak to 10-straight with an overall record of 21-3 and 8-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. Jones, who finished with six points and 20 rebounds for the second-consecutive game, added three assists and two steals to his line while Zach Lofton recorded a game-high 14 points. The last and only time an Aggie tallied 20 rebounds in back-to-back games was Sam Lacey during the Final Four year (1969-70). He did so against Montana State and Air Force. New Mexico State started the game off a little slow on the offensive end, hitting just 29-percent of its shots.  The visiting Runners led for short spurts in the first 10 minutes before the Aggie offense woke up out of the media timeout with 7:10 left in the half. CSUB scored first out of the break, but it was all NMSU after that thanks to a 13-4 run to end the half for the 31-18 advantage. During that stretch, the Aggies scored 10-straight, despite shooting 0-for-8 from the floor, thanks to their 11-of-11 shooting from the line.
  • New Mexico football coach appealing 30-day suspension
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico football coach Bob Davie said Friday he will appeal a 30-day suspension in connection with multiple investigations involving misconduct. In a statement released by the school, Davie said none of the three investigations conducted over a nine-month period found he violated any school policy. "I fully cooperated in every respect and met multiple times with the investigators, but was never asked to meet with or provide information" to a Chicago-based law firm conducting one of the probes, Davie said. Davie said investigators from that firm, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, never asked him about one allegation in which he was accused of asking his players to "get some dirt" on a victim of sexual assault. "So there is no misunderstanding, never did I make that or any similar comment," Davie said. The school announced Thursday it was suspending Davie without pay for 30 days following multiple investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players. Reports released Thursday also said witnesses reported Davie using racial slurs directed at black players — a charge he denies.
  • NMSU wins 20th game of season
    Backed by Zach Lofton’s season-high 34 points, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team routed UT Rio Grande Valley 90-67 early Saturday evening inside the pan American Center. In a game full of highlights for NM State, senior Jemerrio Jones had a big night and pulled down a career-tying 20 rebounds to go with 10 points and five assists for his 14th double-double of the year. Jones last grabbed 20 boards in 2015 against Temple College (Feb. 21) while at Hill Junior College. Jones’ 20 boards made him the 12th Aggie to pull down at least 20 rebounds and was the 24th time an NM State player pulled down 20-plus in a single-game. The Aggies (20-3, 7-0 WAC) got off to slow start and trailed the Vaqueros by as much as seven (9-2). However, the offense slowly began to waken and finally took a 24-21 lead on a deep 3-pointer from Lofton – his second of seven in the game – with 8:01 left in the first half. From that point on, New Mexico State never looked back as it finished off the half with an 18-9 run capped off by Jones, who fittingly scored on an offensive put-back for the 42-30 lead. NMSU dominated the paint in the first-half, outscoring UTRGV 26-4.
  • UNM drops close contest with Broncos at the Pit
    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team suffered a narrow 73-71 loss to Boise State after leading by as many as 13 points on Tuesday night in Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit. The Lobos led by six with 1:47 left but an 8-0 run by the Broncos over the final minute sealed the Lobo loss. Boise State led for just 2:34 the entire night while the Lobos held the advantage for 36:28 before the final Bronco push. “Their offensive rebounding really hurt us, and our offensive ineptitude really got us in the second half,” head coach Paul Weir said. “We, unfortunately, turned the ball over at some really inopportune times, on some really basic plays.” “...Our defense really stepped up tonight and had a pretty good game, and our offense really let us down...We have to get better offensively, it was a rough night.” The Lobos ultimately outshot the Broncos 46.2 percent to 43.5 percent from the floor, but UNM had a commanding 55.2 percent to 39.3 percent advantage at the halfway mark. In the second half, Boise State roared back with a 47.1 shooting percentage while UNM shot just 34.8 percent from the field.