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Lobos founder without 3-point shots in 82-70 loss to Fresno State

February 4, 2019 GMT

A week off didn’t do anything to help the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team find its shooting touch.

The Lobos had a miserable night from 3-point territory, fading badly in the final 10 minutes of a 82-70 loss on Saturday night at Fresno State. The loss is the third straight and sixth in seven games, sending UNM (9-12, 3-6) tumbling into ninth place in the 11-team Mountain West Conference.

Keith McGee became the first Lobo other than Antony Mathis to hit a 3 when he dropped in a long-range shot with 9:38 to go in the second half. It cut Fresno State’s lead to 54-53.

But the Bulldogs (16-5, 7-2) went on a 20-5 run to put the game away.

The Lobos missed 24 of their first 28 shots from 3-point range and needed a late hot streak just to finish the game at 22 percent (8 for 37).

Mathis had a team-high

19 points, getting most of those on six 3-pointers.

The rest of the team was 2 for 24, including a 1-for-11 night from Vance Jackson.

Jackson finished with 16 points but missed a dozen shots. Carlton Bragg had a career-high 15 rebounds and seven points while McGee had 10 points on 2-for-9 shooting.

All the bricks had a predictable result in the stat line for rebounds. Fresno State’s Nate Grimes was a monster in the paint, finishing with 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. The Bulldogs dominated the glass, holding a 13-rebound advantage and outscoring the Lobos 42-20 in the paint.

Corey Manigault scored nine points for the Lobos but no one else had more than seven. The Lobos had only seven assists on 22 made shots.

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Tuesday: San Diego State (13-8, 5-3 MWC) at New Mexico (9-12, 3-6), 9 p.m. in The Pit

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