ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico turned to its own backyard for a new men's basketball coach by selecting New Mexico State first-year coach Paul Weir to lead the Lobos.
Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs announced the selection Tuesday. Weir will be formally introduced during an afternoon news conference.
Weir set a school record with 28 wins with New Mexico State., leading the Aggies to a Western Athletic Conference tournament championship and an NCAA berth.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After four years as head coach and 10 overall with New Mexico, Craig Neal and the Lobos have parted ways.
"He's a good man and a winning coach, but the time has come to move Lobo Basketball in a new direction," athletic director Paul Krebs said in a statement late Friday from the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.
He said a search for a successor begins immediately.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — No. 18 Arizona passed its final nonconference test with flying colors.
Chance Comanche scored a career-high 14 points and the Wildcats had five players reach double figures in a 77-46 rout of New Mexico on Tuesday night.
Freshman Rawle Alkins scored 13 points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds as Arizona dominated the boards 49-30. Lauri Markkanen also scored 13 points for the Wildcats (11-2) in their final tuneup before beginning Pac-12 play next week.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tim Williams scored 19 points and the New Mexico defense held Arkansas-Bluff off the scoreboard for most of the first half as the Lobos rolled to an 83-43 win on Saturday night.
The Golden Lions (1-11) missed their first 13 shots and New Mexico (7-4) forced nine turnovers to grab a 16-0 before Arkansas-Pine Bluff's first bucket by Trent Steen at the 8:34 mark. He finished with 11 points before fouling out with seven minutes remaining.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Elijah Brown's 17-foot jumper with 5.8 seconds left helped stave off a remarkable UTEP comeback and give New Mexico a 78-77 victory on Wednesday night.
With 30 seconds left, Deon Barrett's seventh 3-pointer of the second half with 30 seconds left broke a 74-74 tie. But Dominic Artis missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18.7 points remaining and Brown pushed the ball quickly up the floor for the game winner.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico forward Tim Williams had 20 points and Elijah Brown scored a season-high 19 points with eight rebounds as the Lobos pulled away late Friday to beat downstate rival New Mexico State 72-59.
New Mexico (3-0) forced 20 turnovers, turning them into 20 points, and gave it up only three times in the second half. The Lobos rallied from 30-29 halftime deficit after the Aggies finished the first half with a 13-6 run.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tim Williams scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds in New Mexico's 95-79 defeat of Houston Baptist on Monday night.
Williams hit all but one of his 11 shots from the field and went 11-for-12 from the line while collecting his second double-double of the season for New Mexico (2-0). New Mexico outrebounded the Huskies 38-24.
"I thought Tim Williams was terrific," New Mexico coach Craig Neal said.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Even though four starters are back, this will be a new-look New Mexico team since the coach's son has left the program to finish his career at Ole Miss.
An often tumultuous relationship between point guard Cullen Neal and the fans in the town where he grew up led to his departure and leaves the Lobos minus one returning starter.
"Cullen doesn't play for me," coach Craig Neal said in responding to a question about his son. "You have to go to Ole Miss press conferences."