• Aggies win rematch with Lobos at The Pit Tuesday
    ALBUQUERQUE — Even though New Mexico State jumped out to an early 18-point lead, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies knew it was going to take a big play at the end to secure a win against rival New Mexico. That’s exactly what he got when Renaldo Dixon batted away a fastbreak layup attempt with 34 seconds remaining that would have tied it. Instead, New Mexico State held on for a 67-61 victory over the Lobos. “There’s got to be a player that does something special to win a game like this,” Menzies said. The Aggies (9-5) had just seen a 61-54 lead with 1:03 left whither to 61-59 when Arthur Edwards snared an errant pass and headed toward the Lobos’ end. He dished it off to Cullen Neal, who drove to the basket. “I knew he was going to go challenge,” Menzies said. “I saw him running for it and timing it up. I was thinking just don’t foul him, just don’t foul him, just don’t foul him. And there was a man in between him, he actually came from behind his own teammate to make the block. So that makes it even more fantastic.” That was the game’s key play, said New Mexico coach Craig Neal. “You’re down two with 40 seconds to go with a chance to tie and we didn’t tie it,” he said. “And they finished the game.”
  • Aggies seeking payback in 2nd game of their series with Lobos
    ALBUQUERQUE — They’re big. Nothing has changed about the New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team’s core. They still have 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar and he has a nice supporting row of Aggie bigs, including 6-10 Tshilidzi Nephawe and 6-10 Renaldo Dixon. The Lobos cut down those trees in Las Cruces. Can they repeat the performance in The Pit and get the sweep tonight? “They have a really good team,” said Lobo head coach Craig Neal. “I think they are going to come in here and expect to win.” It’s a difficult thing to step into The Pit and leave with a victory. The Aggies probably are good enough to do that, but they have to change the way they played in Las Cruces earlier this month in a 79-70 University of New Mexico win. NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies was not happy with his Aggies’ performance in that loss. Simply put: there wasn’t enough fire for a NMSU team defending its home turf against its in-state rival. Tonight, the Aggies have to change a lot of things. They also have to figure out how to take one of the Lobos’ big three out of the scoring column in a big way, although they did it in Las Cruces and still lost.
  • No. 13 Kansas downs UNM 80-63
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Joel Embiid had just picked up his second foul, and like so many other games this season, he knew he was going to be spending the rest of the first half sitting on the Kansas bench. The 7-foot freshman vowed to make up for it in the second half. Embiid scored 16 of his career-high 18 points over the final 20 minutes, leading the No. 13 Jayhawks to an 80-63 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night that ended a two-game skid. "I was frustrated, even though I didn't think the second one was a foul," said Embiid, a native of Cameroon who's only been playing basketball for a few years. "Yeah, I wanted it bad, and they wanted to throw me the ball and let me score, and that's what I needed to do." Perry Ellis scored 21 points and Andrew Wiggins, despite dealing with foul trouble all night, added 11 for the Jayhawks (7-3), who led 39-38 at halftime before using two big runs to put it away. It was the Jayhawks' ninth straight win at the Sprint Center, including their run to last year's Big 12 tournament title. After dropping games at Colorado and Florida, the win also kept Kansas from losing three straight non-conference games for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
  • UNM knocked out in Final Four
    CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer final, scoring twice in the Fighting Irish’s 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico on Friday night at PPL Park. Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face Maryland in the title game Sunday. Maryland beat Virginia 2-1 in the second semifinal. Hodan has scored in six straight games, the last four in the NCAA tournament, and has 11 goals this season. “He’s a little guy,” Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. “But he’s Superman when he puts on a uniform. ... He’s a special talent and a special kid.” Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best player, assisted on both goals. Shipp, who has 12 goals and 10 assists this season, controlled the tempo in the middle of the field to frustrate the Lobos defense. “Coming into this year, we had one ultimate goal: to bring the program to the final four and win a national championship,” Shipp said. “And I think we’ve assembled the right group of guys. I don’t think we have any weaknesses on the field.”
  • Prep Basketball: Scores from Friday games
    Boys Basketball Albuquerque Academy 80, Piedra Vista 45 Bloomfield 53, Whitehorse, Utah 30 Carrizozo 78, Alamo-Navajo 39 Centennial 57, Los Lunas 51 Dexter 77, Jal 37 Eldorado 70, Hope Christian 64 EP Andress, Texas 62, Manzano 59 EP Bel Air, Texas 62, Capital 36 Gadsden 44, Carlsbad 27 Gallup 81, Cleveland 43 Ganado, Ariz. 50, Navajo Pine 47 Hobbs 72, EP Chapin, Texas 61 Ignacio, Colo. 53, Shiprock 46 Kirtland Central 74, Mesilla Valley Christian 63 Logan 54, Melrose 52 McCurdy 61, Pecos 49 Monte del Sol 64, Santa Fe Indian 57 Moriarty 35, Farmington 26 Questa 65, Native American Community Academy 53 Reserve 71, Mountainair 31 Sandia 65, Volcano Vista 56 Sandia Prep 41, Wingate 38 Santa Fe Prep 69, Santa Fe 59 Taos 54, Mora 36 Tularosa 44, Aztec 40 West Mesa 72, Del Norte 52 Cliff Tournament Cliff 83, Academia Juarez, Mexico 57 Cobre 63, Animas 26 Lordsburg 61, Duncan, Ariz. 54
  • N.M. prep basketball results
     Boys basketball Alamogordo 33, El Paso Americas, Texas 30 Aztec 60, Tularosa 59, OT Cliff 84, Wagon Mound 44 Clovis Christian 57, Mosquero 36 Deming 73, Santa Fe Prep 65 Dora 76, Gateway Christian 27 Duncan, Ariz. 61, Animas 8 Estancia 59, Reserve 42 Fort Sumner 84, Floyd 59 Friona, Texas 71, Tucumcari 56 Hatch Valley 61, Mountainair 37 Ignacio, Colo. 62, Bloomfield 37 John Mall, Colo. 68, Des Moines 29 Magdalena 71, Carrizozo 53 Melrose 71, Grady 50 Mesilla Valley Christian 67, Shiprock 65 Monte del Sol 58, Questa 38 Oñate 43, Clint Horizon, Texas 36 Piedra Vista 59, Thoreau 43 Raton 75, Hoehne, Colo. 71 Roswell 85, Portales 50 Roswell 85, Portales 50 Rye, Colo. 76, Springer 46 Taos 73, Goddard 63 Thoreau 80, Navajo Pine 72   Girls basketball Cleveland 60, Kirtland Central 54 Clovis 73, St. Pius 61 Elida 65, Dexter 8 El Paso Bel Air, Texas 61, Deming 45 Farmington 37, Ignacio, Colo. 32 Floyd 53, Fort Sumner 48 Friona, Texas 47, Tucumcari 31 Gallup 95, Wingate 38
  • Ski Report 12-06-13
    Angel Fire 16-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Pajarito 18-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Red River 24-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 31 trails and 4 lifts open. Sandia Peak 24-inch base, 14 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit. Santa Fe 38-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 71 trails and 6 lifts open. Sipapu 24-inch base. 10 inches of new snow reported. 9 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Apache 7-inch base. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 3 lifts open. Taos 32-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 54 trails and 5 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open. Valles Caldera Conditions not reported.
  • Lobos drop Aggies in Las Cruces
    The University of New Mexico Lobos opened up a 10-point lead at the half and made it stick despite a couple of attempt by the New Mexico State University Aggies to make it a ballgame. UNM won the first contest of its annual home-and-home series with NMSU Wednesday. Kendall Williams had 24 points and Cameron Bairstow added 20 as the Lobos downed the Aggies 79-70 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. The two teams will meet again Dec. 17 in Albuquerque. Aggie guard Daniel Mullings led his team with 16 points, but the Aggies struggled from the perimeter, connecting on just 4 of 19 attempts beyond the 3-point circle. Los Alamos native Alex Kirk got in foul trouble during the first half and saw limited playing time Wednesday. He finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds, the first time this season he failed to get into double-figures in either category.  
  • Prep basketball scores from Tuesday
    Boys Basketball Clovis Christian 33, Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 31 Albuquerque Academy 68, Sandia 65 Atrisco Heritage 81, Belen 58 Aztec 65, San Juan Blanding, Utah 63, OT Bosque School 45, Pecos 18 Carlsbad 53, Goddard 51 Cliff 66, Cobre 41 Clovis 75, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 28 Dexter 64, Tularosa 53 El Paso Chapin, Texas 69, Las Cruces 68 Española Valley 96, Rio Rancho 86 Hope Christian 66, La Cueva 64 Kirtland Central 65, Durango, Colo. 54 Manzano 56, Capital 43 NMMI 64, Gateway Christian 26 NMSD 34, Desert Academy 27 Piedra Vista 66, Miyamura 55 Rio Grande 67, Santa Fe 58 Sandia Prep 49, Del Norte 48 Santa Fe Prep 61, West Las Vegas 59 Santa Teresa 40, Clint Mountain View, Texas 34 St. Pius 66, Gallup 58 Valencia 83, Socorro 53 Valley 72, Volcano Vista 68 Girls Basketball Clovis Christian 41, Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 28 Albuquerque High 70, Capital 27 Artesia 46, Santa Teresa 25 Cleveland 49, Onate 41 Cliff 81, Cobre 34 Clovis 75, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 28 Cuba 63, Aztec 40
  • Lobos, Aggies to face off
    The University of New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State University Aggies will renew their men’s basketball rivalry again tonight. The Lobos will travel to Las Cruces to take on the Aggies at the Pan American Center in the first of their home-and-home annual series for this season. The rivalry between the two schools is the oldest for both and among the oldest in the nation. This is the 211th meeting between UNM and NMSU, with the Lobos holding a 115-95 edge. Recently, the rivalry has been dominated by the Lobos (5-1), who have won 10 of their last 11 meetings, including five straight wins in Las Cruces. Heading in, the Lobos have won two in a row, including a 73-66 victory over the San Diego Toreros Saturday night in Albuquerque. In that game, guard Kendall Williams scored 28 points and former Hillltopper Alex Kirk finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. The Aggies (7-2), however, will be one of the toughest teams the Lobos have faced. The Aggies are off to their best start in the Marvin Menzies era and their best start since 2002 under legendary coach Lou Henson.