After a disappointing performance against Virginia Tech in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy Tournament, the University of New Mexico Men’s basketball team responded with a 105-89 win over Cal State Northridge on Friday.
Tim Williams and Elijah Brown led the Lobos with 21 points each, while senior center Obij Aget added a season-high 16 points on 6 of 6 shooting from the field.
The Lobos shot an impressive 64.9% from the field, dominating the Matadors inside with a 50-28 advantage on points in the paint. UNM shot only seven three-point baskets on the night, fueled primarily by the fact that they were up early and controlled the paint.
“I was really worried about how their energy was when they were stretching and warming up and we talked about that,” UNM head coach Craig Neal said after the game. “I thought that they did show maturity. I thought they did a nice job. A year ago, not sure they would have been able to hold it. I thought these guys really bonded well.”
UNM will close out the tournament against the Dayton Flyers in the fifth-place game on Sunday at Noon, before returning to action at home on November 30th at the Pit against Abeline Christian.