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  • 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.”
  • Defense, balanced scoring leads Lobos past Utah State
    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team used a balanced effort along with strong defense to snap its three-game losing streak and defeat Utah State, 80-47, Wednesday night at Dreamstyle Arena. The Lobos (17-6, 5-5) had four players finish in double figures led by Jaisa Nunn’s 12th double-double of the season as she finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds (her fifth game of having 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds). Combine that with UNM holding the Aggies (5-17, 3-8) to 18 first-half points – the lowest point total the Lobos have held a team to in the first half this season – and it was a strong all-around effort by the Lobos. “I thought tonight, defensively, was one of our better games,” UNM coach Mike Bradbury said. “We’ve been working on that for the last 10 days. We were pretty good. We weren’t perfect, but we were better than we have been.” UNM jumped out to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter (ending the period on a 17-6 run due in large part by draining 4 of 8 3-point attempts) before pulling away in the second.
  • Jackson named MW player of the week
    Senior Antino Jackson of The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been named Mountain West Player of the Week following leading the Lobos to a pair of victories this week, the league announced on Monday. The honor marks the first Mountain West award for Jackson who came to the Lobos as a graduate transfer from Akron prior to this season. Jackson led UNM to a pair of comeback victories on the week over UNLV (85-81) scoring 17 points on the road and against San Diego State at home, averaging 20.5 points per game while tallying 11 assists. On Saturday, he powered the Lobos to a 79-75 victory over SDSU in Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit with a career-high 24 points. His previous career-high was 23, which he achieved twice at Akron. With just 43 seconds left on the clock Saturday, Jackson turned a 6-0 Lobo run into a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer to take the first UNM lead since 13:39 in the first half. After SDSU tied it 75-75, Jackson hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 22 seconds left on the clock to put the Lobos back on top for good, 77-75. In 28 minutes against SDSU, Jackson did not commit a single turnover as the Lobos’ primary ball handler. He averaged 30.5 minutes, 20.5 points and 5.5 assists to go along with three steals on the week.
  • UNM senior punter earns national Ray Guy punter of the week honors of the week
    Corey Bojorquez, who broke three school records on Friday evening against Colorado State, earned some national recognition as he was named the Ray Guy Award’s Punter of the Week, the first such honor for a UNM punter.  Bojorquez, a senior from Bellflower, California, has been one of the nation’s top punters all season, and his full talents were on display this week against Colorado State. He punted three times for an average of 57.7 yards per kick, breaking the previous UNM record of 54.2 yards. Twice he pinned CSU inside the 20, once on a season-best 78-yard punt from his own 11 to the other 11, and then once on a 45-yard punt that was downed at the 1-yard line. The only punt that was returned was muffed and resulted in a return of -21 yards, giving him a net of 64.7, which also was a school record. The 78-yard punt was his third 70-yard punt of the season, and it was his third 75-yard or longer punt in his career, and that also is a UNM record. This season, Bojorquez is averaging 47.8 yards per punt (which would be a school record) and his career average is 44.5 yards per punt (which also would be a school record).
  • Sipapu starts snowmaking efforts
    Sipapu Ski Resort announced that it has begun snowmaking operations for the 2017-18 ski season. Snowmaking started at the resort at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday and continued until 9 a.m. Sunday. The crews at Sipapu used 17 snow guns for its beginner’s and intermediate trails, Butterfly, Thumper and Lower Bambi. “We were able to take full advantage of the freezing temperatures and low humidity to make snow over the weekend, focusing on covering key intermediate and beginner terrain off of Lift 5 and Lift 12,” Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley said. The efforts will continue this week as a cold front is expected to roll through Northern New Mexico. Anticipated opening day at Sipapu, according to officials there, is Nov. 11. Most ski areas in the state are hoping to open for the season on or near Thanksgiving Day. Sipapu, located near Vadito, N.M., has made several renovations over the offseason to its historic lodge area, its rental shop and locker room. For information on the ski area, visit SipapuNM.com.  
  • UNM men’s b-ball picked 9th in MW
    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been tabbed to finish ninth in the Mountain West this season, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Nevada has been predicted to repeat. 

The Mountain West preseason poll is comprised of votes by conference media members and was announced by the league at the 2017-18 Media Summit, being held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas. The Wolf Pack received 19 of a possible 24 first-place votes and 257 points to earn the top spot.

 Nevada was followed by San Diego State which garnered two first-place nods and 229 points while Boise State also received two first-place votes, 211 points and landed in third place.

 Fresno State collected 188 points for the fourth spot in the poll followed by Colorado State (5th, 154), UNLV (6th, 138), Wyoming (7th, 133) and Utah State (8th, 102). UNM (93), San José State (41) and Air Force (38) rounded out the poll.

Under first-year head coach Paul Weir, the Lobos return just five players from last season’s squad that finished 17-14, 10-8 MW, and welcome nine talented newcomers that include six transfers.
  • UNM volleyball falls to Wyoming
    Lauren Twitty posted her ninth double-double of the season and Carly Beddingfield set an all-time career high in kills, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Mexico volleyball team fell in four sets to Wyoming Thursday evening. Despite the strong offensive effort, which included a 43-assist performance from freshman setter Sarah Lobo, the Lobos (11-11 overall, 3-6 Mountain West) couldn’t hold off the Cowgirls (12-9, 7-2) in Johnson Center as they fell by set scores of 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18. “I think we battled and fought really well,” Lobo said after her first collegiate start. “The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I think we went for balls we knew to go for. Wyoming got kills, and it happens, but that’s part of the game. I’m not upset with how we played.” Between Twitty’s and Beddingfield’s kills and Lobo’s setting, New Mexico’s offense roared to its best showing in over a month. “This game was a little nerve-wracking,” Lobo said. “I tried not to think about it, just tried to stay out of my head and just play volleyball.”
  • UNM star earns second national honor
    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week. She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday. Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season. Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2 The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race. Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.