McGee scores 20, New Mexico rolls past San Jose State 92-60
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Keith McGee scored a career-high 20 points for New Mexico, which sandwiched a 28-4 run around halftime Wednesday to a turn a close game with San Jose State into a 92-60 rout.
Three other players reached the teens for the Lobos (11-13, 5-7 Mountain West), with Corey Manigault scoring 17.
Noah Baumann scored 10 to lead the Spartans (3-20, 0-11).
The game was tied eight times in the early going, with 12 lead changes before New Mexico took charge.
No. 6 Nevada struggles in 85-58 loss to New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico coach Paul Weir did his best to get the Lobos to focus on playing their game against undefeated and sixth-ranked Nevada.
"I actually gave them a quote (Friday) and a quote (Saturday) in the locker room from Gregg Popovich after the Spurs beat the Raptors," Weir said of the San Antonio head coach. "It's not about who we're playing. It's not about anything, it's just about us executing and competing. And that's all we talked about for two days."
Mathis, Jackson lead New Mexico over Southwest
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis scored 18 points, Vance Jackson added 16 points, and New Mexico defeated NAIA-member University of the Southwest 103-47 on Sunday.
Drue Drinnon had 12 assists and Karim Ezzeddine grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lobos (6-6). Carlton Bragg had 12 points and seven rebounds and Tavian Percy contributed 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Josh Harris had 14 points and six rebounds for the Mustangs.
Maluach, Mathis help New Mexico top C. Arkansas, end skid
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Makuach Maluach scored 22 points and Anthony Mathis shook off a shooting slump to make two late 3-pointers, helping New Mexico to hold off Central Arkansas 82-70 on Saturday, ending a three-game skid.
Carlton Bragg, in his Lobos debut, finished with 16 and Mathis had 13 for New Mexico (5-4).
New Mexico coach apologizes for pregame skirmish
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico head coach Paul Weir is apologizing for the actions of some of his players before the start of Tuesday's matchup against in-state rival New Mexico State.
Weir in a statement issued Thursday said he was extremely disappointed and wanted to apologize to everyone at the state's flagship university and at NMSU.
He says he was embarrassed and described the behavior as unsportsmanlike.
New Mexico comes back to beat UTEP 84-78
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second half to spark New Mexico to an 84-78, comeback victory over UTEP on Saturday.
Mathis finished with 18 points, 16 in the second half, and Vance Jackson came off the bench to add 12, nine in the second half, for the Lobos (3-1), while Makuach Maluach had 13 points before fouling out.
Evan Gilyard scored 22 for UTEP (2-3) and Paul Thomas added 16 before fouling out with 7:47 left.
Jackson, Manigault lead New Mexico to 90-83 win over Iona
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vance Jackson had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Corey Manigault added 20 points and 10 boards to propel New Mexico to a 90-83 win Tuesday in its home opener against Iona.
Asante Gist scored 19 for the Gaels (1-1) and E.J. Crawford added 15. New Mexico (2-0) also got 14 from Anthony Mathis.
Manigault's steal and highlight reel dunk in the midst of an 11-2 New Mexico second-half run helped turn a 72-67 deficit into a 75-72 lead and control of the game with 6:05 left.
Lobo teammates helped each other with transition to US
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — He was behind the curve from the start.
Issues with getting his visa approved one year ago led Vladimir Pinchuk, the 6-foot-11 Ukranian who grew up in Germany, to not arrive in Albuquerque until after classes started in September 2017.
UNM coach wants to convert unused arena suites into offices
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico men's basketball coach Paul Weir has ideas beyond the basketball court.
Lobos’ Weir receives pay boost of $100K
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While the finances of the University of New Mexico athletics department are still being put in order, men's head basketball coach Paul Weir is getting a raise, but the opportunities for his staffers haven't yet been determined.
If the weather Tuesday afternoon was a surprise, the news coming out of The University New Mexico’s men’s basketball program was not.
Head coach Paul Weir announced that senior forward Connor MacDougall and junior swing man Jachai Simmons were leaving the program to seek options elsewhere. Both will transfer by the end of the current school year.
UNM downs Utah State, to face San Diego State fot title
LAS VEGAS, NEV. — The improbable run of The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team continued Friday night as the Lobos rolled past upstart Utah State, 83-68, and into the championship game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
It will be the first finals appearance for UNM since 2014. The Lobos (19-14) will face San Diego State, a blowout winner over regular season champion Nevada in Friday’s other semifinal at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Furstinger scores 23; Lobos beat Wyoming in MWC quarterfinal
Paul Weir is no astrologist, but it appears all the stars are aligning just right for his University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.
The Lobos (18-14) got a career-high 23 points from senior Joe Furstinger and 15 points from Troy Simons in an 85-75 win over Wyoming in Thursday night’s late quarterfinal of the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
Overlooked, underestimated Lobos begin unlikely tournament run
It’s all a matter of perspective.
The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has already matched its high-water mark each of the last two seasons and is one win away from more W’s than any Lobo team has managed in four years, yet somehow its 17-14 record heading into Thursday’s Mountain West Tournament opener feels vastly different than that same mark last year.
Head coach Paul Weir knows it. His players feel it.
Lobos men get short breather before MWC Tournament play begins
ALBUQUERQUE — All was quiet around the Davalos Center on Monday.
The University of New Mexico’s women’s basketball team was already in Las Vegas, Nev., preparing for its Mountain West Conference Tournament opener and the Lobo men were given the day off by head coach Paul Weir.
The only people running around the practice facility and The Pit were representatives of the New Mexico Activities Association in preparation for Tuesday’s start of the state tournament.
Weir method working as Lobos actually have postseason hope
ALBUQUERQUE — A crazy thing happened the first time University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir summoned his senior big man to his office in the Rudy Davalos Center.
It’s a visit Joe Furstinger had made countless times during his first three years as a Lobo. Every one of them went pretty much the same.
Player enters. Coach yells and screams. Player leaves with a serious attitude adjustment.
New Mexico slips past Fresno State in overtime 95-86
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Troy Simons swished all six of his foul shots in overtime and Anthony Mathis 23 points to lead New Mexico to a 95-86 win Saturday over Fresno State.
The only shot Mathis, who sank five 3-pointers, missed came at the buzzer of regulation.
Jahmel Taylor, who had 23 points, fueled a frenetic Bulldogs comeback, hitting four 3s in the final 4:24, including the shot that forced overtime with 18.1 seconds left.
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Meaningful games in February?
It’s sort of a new thing around The University of New Mexico’s south campus.
The men’s basketball team was just 6-17 in the calendar’s second month the three previous seasons. That includes a 2-11 mark in road games.
Amongst others, that was one of the many things head coach Paul Weir wanted to change in this, his first season with the Lobos. So far, so good.
ALBUQUERQUE — There’s not a name for it. Not yet, anyway.
Lobo Lap, maybe?
Whatever it’s called, Paul Weir seems to enjoy it.
The University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach needed an extra 10 minutes to get back to the locker room following Sunday’s matinee thriller against UNLV. The Lobos scored their latest remarkable victory in what has become a season unlike any other in program history.
New Mexicon withstands wild finish to beat UNLV 91-90
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Makuach Maluach's 3-pointer with 17.5 seconds put New Mexico up for good and three UNLV shots in the closing seconds bounced on and around the rim, but none fell as the Lobos held on for a 91-90 win Sunday.
Jordan Johnson scored 25 points to equal a career high for the Rebels, and he added nine assists and six rebounds.
The high plains of Wyoming have not been a friendly place for The University of New Mexico over the years.
On Tuesday night, it was home away from home in a record-setting fashion thanks to two players who were nowhere to be found for about a month early in the conference season.
When the mass exodus of the Lobo basketball roster began last spring, it seemed only logical that one of the players ready to yank the handle on the UNM ejection seat was Anthony Mathis.
A celebrated prep star out of Oregon, he had barely seen the light of day in his first two years as a Lobo in then-head coach Craig Neal’s system. He appeared in just 35 games without a single start as a freshman and sophomore, averaging just 2.4 points and 6.5 minutes — most of it garbage time — in the process.
Mathis, Logwood key to Lobos’ win over Utah State
ALBUQUERQUE — Anthony Mathis spent so much time on the bench the last two years that it’s almost surprising he knew what to do when checking into a game.
Now a junior with The University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball team, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard has emerged as the team’s most consistent offensive threat and one of the most reliable 3-point shooters in the Mountain West Conference.
New Mexico beats Utah State 78-63
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis equaled a career-high with 25 points, including a career-best seven 3-pointers, helping New Mexico to a 78-63 win Wednesday night over Utah State.
The Aggies (14-13, 7-7 Mountain West) got a career game out of Sam Merrill, who finished with 33 points and seven 3-pointers.
"It's a shame to spoil an offensive night like Sam Merrill had," Utah State coach Tim Duryea said. "He was phenomenal shooting the basketball."
Lobos have narrow margin for error
Some teams have it. The Lobos don’t.
When The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, which hosts Utah State in The Pit on Valentine’s night, turns the ball over it doesn’t have the athletes on hand to get back and defend the rim the way others can.
Tough loss, rough finish as Lobos fall to Boise State
ALBUQUERQUE — Camelot took one right in the kisser.
The uplifting story that has been The University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball team took an ugly turn in more ways than one on Wednesday night in The Pit.
Logwood’s return gives Lobos much needed boost
ALBUQUERQUE — A disappointing road trip to Logan, Utah, had a surprise ending when The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team returned home the following day.
That afternoon, the team gathered for practice in The Pit and, as always, there was senior Sam Logwood down on the floor with his teammates. For most of the last month or two, however, his participation had varied between mildly engaged to sitting off to the side nursing a sore shoulder.
Jackson leads balanced New Mexico past Colorado State 80-65
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Antino Jackson had his first double-double for New Mexico, leading four teammates in double figures and helping the Lobos beat Colorado State 80-65 on Saturday night.
Jackson had 12 points and 11 assists, while Anthony Mathis, Joe Furstinger and Troy Simons each had 13 points for New Mexico (11-11, 6-3 Mountain West), which won its third straight game.
Lobos add 6-9 former All-American for next season
ALBUQUERQUE — Help, it’s on the way.
While much has been made of the depleted roster on hand for The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, the building blocks for the 2018-19 season are steadily taking shape.
Lobos rally behind Jackson at end, beat San Diego St. 79-75
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Antino Jackson scored five key points in the closing moments, including the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left, to lift New Mexico to a 79-75 victory Saturday over San Diego State.
The Lobos finished the game with a 13-2 run over the final five minutes to erase a 73-66 deficit for four wins in their last five games.
Jackson’s career high lifts Lobos past Wyoming 75-69
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Antino Jackson had a career-high 20 points and Joe Furstinger added a double-double as New Mexico overcame a sloppy performance to beat Wyoming 75-66 Wednesday night.
Shallow bench no obstacle in Lobos’ domination of San Jose State
ALBUQUERQUE — The closer Mike Mondragon sits to the scoring table’s side of the bench, the worse things are for The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.
Mondragon is a walk-on and, as a matter of principle, walk-ons sit closer to the locker room than the part where the coach turns to when looking for subs.
New Mexico cruises to 80-47 win over San Jose State
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sticky fingers and 15 points from Makuach Maluach off the bench helped New Mexico cruise to an easy 80-47 victory Saturday over San José State.
The Lobos (7-20, 2-2 Mountain West) pilfered 12 steals - part of the 20 forced turnovers -- turning those into 28 points off of the miscues.
In addition to the 28-1 advantage off on turnovers, New Mexico had a 20-0 bulge on fast break points.
New Mexico outruns Air Force 87-58 behind Furstinger
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Joe Furstinger dropped his third consecutive double-double and five other New Mexico players reached double figures as the Lobos beat Air Force 87-58 in their Mountain West opener Wednesday night.
Furstinger, a senior post who never had a double-double until his recent streak, finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Jachai Simmons added a career-high 15 points for New Mexico (6-8, 1-0).
Furstinger with 20 points, 10 boards, New Mexico wins 87-78
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Joe Furstinger set a career high for the second straight game, finishing with 20 points to lead New Mexico to an 87-78 win over Prairie View A&M on Friday.
Furstinger, who also had 10 rebounds, did most of his damage from the line, hitting all 12 of his attempts. Antino Jackson added 17 points for the Lobos (5-8).
Furstinger double-double lifts New Mexico over Rice 79-69
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After four years, Joe Furstinger nabbed his first double-double, leading New Mexico to a 78-69 victory Saturday over Rice.
Coming off the bench for the first time this season, his 17 points and 12 rebounds were both career highs, while Troy Simons and Sam Logwood each added 15 as the Lobos (4-8) ended a four-game skid.
Lobos’ leading scorer, rebounder Logwood takes leave of team
Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, senior Sam Logwood strolled into a team meeting before Friday’s practice in The Pit and told the Lobos he was taking time away from the team to contemplate his future.
Head coach Paul Weir confirmed the news at a press conference Friday afternoon, just a day before the Lobos are to host New Mexico State in the second round of the annual Rio Grande Rivalry.
New Mexico has 5 score in double figures, beats Evansville
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sam Logwood and Troy Simons scored 14 points apiece, leading five New Mexico players in double figures Wednesday night as the Lobos beat Evansville 78-59.
K.J. Riley led the Purples Aces (5-2) with 13.
New Mexico (3-4) gained control early in the game, reeling off an 11-0 run over an eight-minute span, during which the Aces went 0-for-9 from the field.
TCU edges New Mexico, will play for Emerald Coast title
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kenrich Williams led Texas Christian with 23 points Friday as the Horned Frogs advanced to the Emerald Coast Classic title game with a narrow 69-67 victory over New Mexico.
TCU (5-0) will face Maryland or St. Bonaventure for the championship Saturday at Northwest Florida State College.
Williams also led TCU with 17 rebounds. Desmond Bane added 11 points and Jaylen Fisher scored 10 for the Horned Frogs.
Aggies down Lobos 75-56 in Weir’s return to Las Cruces
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton scored 28 points and New Mexico State used a big second half to defeat New Mexico 75-56 on Friday night in the return of former Aggies coach Paul Weir to Las Cruces.
Weir era begins as Lobos rout NNMC, break scoring record
ALBUQUERQUE — No one rushed the court when Chris McNeal hit a fastbreak layup with about four minutes to go in Saturday’s season opener for The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team in The Pit.
There was no announcement over the public address system about the historical marker just passed, no stoppage of play to share it with the crowd.
In that moment, the single-game record for points scored went by the wayside when McNeal’s bucket was officially logged into the books.
Northern coach Cordova praises Weir’s method
ALBUQUERQUE — One of Paul Weir’s biggest advocates was about a 71/2-hour bus ride away Thursday afternoon.
Right around the time the new Lobo men’s basketball coach was talking about his recruiting philosophy and why he hasn’t filled the three available spots for next year’s recruiting class, Ryan Cordova spoke by phone about the method to Weir’s madness.
Former Lobo rival BYU headed to The Pit
ALBUQUERQUE — What started off as a definite possibility of a firm maybe is now officially a thing.
The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team is bringing in one of its oldest rivals for a charity exhibition game next week in The Pit.
The Lobos will face former nemesis Brigham Young at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dreamstyle Arena.
University of New Mexico expands drug testing for athletes
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico will be expanding drug and alcohol testing for its athletes.
Interim University President Chaouki Abdallah met with coaches Tuesday and announced the expanded program.
University officials told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2fhQLwP) that expanding the program was the right thing to do.
Weir wins over more fans at youth skills camp
It’s through the eyes of a 9-year-old that Paul Weir’s reputation as the kingpin of Lobo basketball begins to take shape.
One of more than 120 kids signed up to participate in Weir’s inaugural instructional camp held Saturday and Sunday at St. Michael’s High School, Henry Kaufman said Lobo fans are in for something good now that former coach Craig Neal has been sent packing.
“I like him,” Kaufman said. “I mean, just look at him.”
Lobos basketball opens season Nov. 11 with Northern New Mexico College
Paul Weir is keeping it local.
The new head coach for The University of New Mexico men’s basketball program will have both his home and road openers within the confines of the state. The program released its nonconference schedule Wednesday, and Weir’s first game as Lobos coach will come Nov. 11 against Northern New Mexico College in The Pit.
Lobos to host summer camp at St. Michael’s High School
The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team will make a pit stop in Santa Fe this summer.
New Lobos head coach Paul Weir announced that his team will host a youth camp in early August at St. Michael’s Perez-Shelley Memorial Gymnasium.
The individual skills camp will be Aug. 5-6 for boys in grades 1 through 8 next school year. Players will get a chance to receive hands-on experience from the Lobo coaching staff, as well as a handful of current and former players.
The name on the building may have changed but the address is still the same. For The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team there will be fewer travel expenses since 20 of its 32 games this coming season are scheduled for The Pit — er, Dreamstyle Arena.
The schedule announcement Tuesday morning coincided with the MWC releasing its master schedule for the men. The Lobo men’s nonconference schedule is still being finalized and will be announced soon.
Weir dismisses roster deficiencies, wants to ‘win right now’
ALBUQUERQUE — Paul Weir is rolling up his sleeves and putting in the work.
What he wants is like-minded people — players and fans alike — to do exactly the same.
Meeting with the local media for the first time since his introductory press conference on April 11, The University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball coach said he’s looking for the blue-collar fans to find their inner Lobo and bring some life back into a program that is clearly in a free fall.