• State Notes 11-15-12
    Younger Alford son signs with Lobos Wednesday
  • Lobos top Davidson
    The University of New Mexico Lobos came back from a 16-point deficit early in the second half to win their men's basketball season opener. The Lobos played early in the morning Tuesday against Davidson, earning an 86-81 victory to open the 2012-13 campaign. UNM struggled in the first half, making just 9 of 26 attempts from the field as Davidson (0-1) went ahead 45-31. UNM shot a little better in the second half (13-for-28) but rebounded considerably better. Davidson had a 13-3 rebounding edge at one point in the first half, but the Lobos ended up winning the battle on the boards by a comfortable 45-28 margin. Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, was one of four Lobos to finish in double-digits scoring. Kirk had 14 points in 25 minutes of play. He also finished with seven rebounds, three of them on the offensive side of the court.
  • Prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Alamogordo 47, Onate 14 Aztec 63, Kirtland Central 0 Belen 56, Grants 9 Bloomfield 55, Shiprock 0 Clovis 55, Hobbs 0 Dexter 54, Loving 12 Eldorado 32, Manzano 29 Estancia 36, Clayton 6 Farmington 21, Piedra Vista 14 Goddard 22, Roswell 6 Las Cruces 36, Mayfield 13 Los Lunas 46, Valencia 0 Navajo Prep 66, Dulce 12
  • Aggies drop Western, 98-49
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team rolled to a 98-49 win over Western New Mexico in its lone exhibition game of the 2012-13 preseason Monday. The Aggies had five players in double-figures with senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings providing 13 points each. Senior forward Bandja Sy added 12 points, junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe chipped in 11 and redshirt freshman guard Eric Weary had 10. NMSU utilized its size advantage for a 20-rebound edge on the boards, 46-26, and Sy grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. The Aggies shot the ball well and recorded a 57.1 field goal percentage (36-of-63) and 45.5 3-point percentage (10-of-22). The Aggies built a 52-27 halftime lead behind a balanced offense. Sy led all scorers after the first half with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Watson added nine points on a 4-of-4 performance from the field. NMSU opens the regular season at Oregon State Sunday. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
  • Kirk has big night in exhibition contest vs. NMHU
    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper Alex Kirk had a big night for the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team Monday night. Kirk had 16 points coming off the bench for the Lobos in their 92-70 exhibition win over the New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys. Kirk hit 4 of 10 shots from the floor and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line, along with adding three steals and a pair of blocked shots in 21 minutes. Monday’s exhibition contest was the first action for Kirk since the 2010-11 season. He sat out the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing back surgery in the offseason. “It felt really good,” Kirk said of his return. “Definitely the first few minutes I was really nervous. I had flashbacks of that Detroit game my freshman year of me running up and down the court not knowing where I was going. Once I got the flow, I felt really good and felt my condition come in with me and got a little bit of a second wind in me and it felt really good.” Kirk also hurt his ankle during the preseason and had to sit out the Lobos’ exhibition contest over Victory University Oct. 31.
  • Friday's prep football scores from around the state
      PREP FOOTBALL Belen 48, Valencia 7 Bloomfield 51, Wingate 0 Centennial High School 33, Chaparral 28 Cleveland 56, Volcano Vista 41 Clovis 34, Carlsbad 29 Dexter 53, NMMI 12 Estancia 72, Santa Fe Indian 21 Eunice 35, Loving 6 Farmington 48, Kirtland Central 6 Fort Sumner 41, Jal 13 Gateway Christian 60, Carrizozo 6 Goddard 49, Artesia 19 Grants 46, Gallup 20 Las Cruces 50, Gadsden 0
  • Auburn, NMSU seek wins
    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers used to treat games like this as nearly automatic wins. Now, they’re looking at Saturday’s visit from struggling New Mexico State (1-7) as more in the must-win category. The Tigers (1-7) are hoping another quarterback change and an opponent afflicted with some of the same issues will give them something to cheer about in a lost season that has fans clamoring for coach Gene Chizik’s firing. Chizik’s just clamoring for his players to win a game. “They know where we’re at in terms of urgency to win, and they want to win,” the embattled coach said. “We’re certainly not in a position to overlook any of our opponents. I think our team understands the urgency of the game.” Auburn has lost five games in a row and gave up a school-record 671 yards in last week’s 63-21 humbling by No. 16 Texas A&M. Seemingly unwinnable games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama still await. The Tigers are 22-1/2-point favorites in this one. If last week felt like rock-bottom for the season, losing to a one-win Western Athletic Conference team would feel even worse. NMSU has dropped its last seven games since an opening win over Sacramento State but played well No. 22 Louisiana Tech close in last week’s loss.
  • Hilltoppers handle Espanola, other prep FB scores
      PREP FOOTBALL Artesia 58, Roswell 13 Aztec 20, Farmington 7 Belen 51, Miyamura 30 Bernalillo 26, Capital 0 Bloomfield 54, Thoreau 0 Capitan 54, Mescalero Apache 0 Carlsbad 57, Hobbs 7 Cleveland 54, Cibola 16 Deming 42, Chaparral 7 Dexter 20, Eunice 14 Dulce 33, Navajo Pine 20 Escalante 48, Questa 14 Gadsden 14, Alamogordo 12
  • WAC coaches pick Aggie men’s hoops as No. 1 in preseason poll
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team was voted to win the WAC title in the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll and finished second in the media poll. The 10 head coaches selected the Aggies to finish first with five first-place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first-place votes and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points. For the Aggies, senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings earned Preseason All-WAC honors. Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin was tabbed as the league’s preseason player of the year. Mullings earned a first-team nod along with Denver junior forward Chris Udofia, Idaho center Kyle Barone and Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby. The conference media poll selected Utah State as this year’s favorite. Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes. Medlin was named the preseason player of the year in the WAC. Here are the results from the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ and media men’s basketball polls (first place votes are in parentheses): Coaches’ poll 1. NMSU (5), 77 points 2. Utah State (5), 76 points 3. Denver, 65 points 4. Louisiana Tech, 54 points
  • Lobo men's hoops picked 3rd in MW
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, which won both a share of the regular season title and the conference tournament title, was picked to finish third in the official Mountain West Preseason Media Poll. The media poll was released Monday. The Lobos were picked behind No. 20 San Diego State and No. 19 UNLV. The conference also released the preseason All-Mountain West teams, and for the third straight year, UNM is represented on the squad. Kendall Williams, a junior guard from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of four juniors on the five-man preseason All-Conference team. Williams joins Chase Tapley and Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, Deonta Burton of Nevada, and UNLV’s Mike Moser. Franklin was named Preseason Player of the Year and his teammate Dwayne Polee II was named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, along with Bryce Dejean-Jones of UNLV. UNLV’s Anthony Bennett was named Preseason Freshman of the Year. The Lobos picked up 122 points in the poll of 18 media members from around the Mountain West, two members from each of the nine media markets of the league. San Diego State received 10 first place votes to edge UNLV in the voting 153-151. The Rebels took the other eight first place votes.