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  • 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.
  • Lobos drop home game to Boise State
    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team had three players reach the 20-point mark, but couldn’t slow down Boise State as the Lobos fell 91-85 Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena. Jaisa Nunn (25 points), Tesha Buck (25 points) and Cherise Beynon (24 points) combined for 74 of UNM’s 85 points, however Boise State shot a blistering 53.2 percent from the field (33-for-62) – including 7-for-15 from 3-point range (46.7 percent) and 18-for-20 from the free-throw line (90 percent) – to avenge a 100-83 loss to the Lobos earlier this season in Albuquerque. UNM led for much of the first half and by as much as nine points in the second quarter after a Beynon basket with 7:37 left in the quarter. The Lobos’ lead slowly was trimmed down to one with less than a minute remaining before Boise State’s Tess Amundsen scored just as the buzzer sounded to give the Broncos a 41-40 lead at the half. The lead swapped back and forth nine times in the third quarter alone with Buck finding Beynon cutting on the baseline for a basket to give the Lobos a 62-61 lead heading into the fourth quarter. After a Boise State basket gave the Broncos the lead again, Tesha Buck drained one of her five 3-pointer to give UNM a 65-63 lead with 9:41 left. Unfortunately for UNM, it would be its last lead.
  • Lobos come up short against Utah State
    Despite dressing just seven players, The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team closed a 15-point deficit to just three with one minute left before falling 89-80 on the road at Utah State. Four players saw 34 minutes or more on the floor to tie or set personal-highs for most minutes in a game. Junior Anthony Mathis paced the Lobos in the near-comeback with a career-high 25 points in his career-high 36 minutes, followed by junior Chris McNeal with 21 points in 36 minutes. McNeal’s 21 points marked his third time this season scoring 20+ points and his most points in a game since he scored 29 in the fourth game of the season against Tennessee Tech. Senior Joe Furstinger played nearly the entire 40 minutes, tallying six points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal. Freshman Makuach Maluach was the third Lobo to register double figures, collecting 15 points, while finishing second on the team in rebounds with six. “Unfortunately we just couldn’t get any stops tonight...I’m disappointed we lost, I felt like we had a chance to win the game. We were not very good mentally tonight,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I don’t know if that was the distractions of guys not being here, I don’t believe it’s fatigue, but maybe it could have been.”
  • Lobos extend winning streak to three games
    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team forced 23 turnovers and racked up 13 3-pointers en route to its third-straight victory on Saturday night at Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit. The Lobos dominated the visiting Colorado State Rams by a score of 80-65 to claim a solo third place in the Mountain West. Four Lobos led the squad scoring in double figures including senior Joe Furstinger (13), junior Anthony Mathis (13) and senior Antino Jackson (12). Junior Troy Simons was the fourth double-digit scorer on the night, also posting a team-best 13 points in his return back to the court. Simons has not played in the last five games for UNM. Jackson added a season-high 11 assists to his 13 points for UNM’s second point-assist double-double of the season. Junior Chris McNeal tallied one in the first game of the season against Northern New Mexico, which marked the first for a Lobo since March 2, 2014.
  • Taos Ski Valley has terrain for skiers of all ages and abilities
    With a La Nina weather pattern, the Southern Rockies have experienced more sunshine than snow. As a result, the Taos Ski Valley snowmaking crew and groomers have been completely focused in delivering pristine corduroy resulting in the ideal terrain for learning to ski and snowboard. With two designated beginner areas, Pioneer and the newly redesigned Strawberry Hill, Taos Ski Valley’s world renown Ernie Blake Snowsports School is focused drawing new participants to the sport. To encourage new skiers and snowboarders, Taos Ski Valley is excited to launch “The Perfect Progression Package” which provides full-day instruction, beginner lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental equipment at a savings of 20 percent off. “Skiing and riding is all about the go and flow,” says Burt Skall, Snowsports Director at Taos Ski Valley. “Learning from the best instructors in the country will get you up, sliding and enjoying the amazing sports of skiing and riding quickly and safely.”