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UNM vs San Jose State Postponed

Women’s Basketball Game between UNM and San José State on 12/28 postponed due to COVID-19

Today’s women’s basketball game between San José State and UNM has been postponed due to COVID-19-related concerns within the San José State women’s basketball program.

According to UNM’s website: Fans with tickets to the San José State game should hold onto their tickets and parking. If the game is rescheduled, the original tickets and parking will be valid. If the game ends up not being rescheduled, ticket holders can contact the UNM Ticket Office.

If the game cannot be rescheduled, it will be declared a no-contest.

The Lobos’ next game is a road matchup against Boise State on New Year’s Eve.

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Kendric Davis scores 33 as SMU routs UNM 90-72

With five games of over 20 points scored on the season on his resume, including 29 against Mizzou back on November 21st, the Lobos and head coach Richard Pitino knew they had their hands full with SMU guard Kendric Davis on Sunday afternoon at the Pit.

Knowing that they need to shut down Davis and completing the task are two different things, especially for a defense like the Lobos, who have struggled at times defensively against elite guards like Davis.

Davis, the No.19 ranked scorer in the country entering Sunday, would end the day higher on the list after posting a season-high 33 points, as the Mustangs beat the Lobos 90-72 in a lopsided victory.

SMU came out of the opening tip red hot, taking an early 19-7 lead with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half. UNM, conversely, was anything but hot, falling behind from the start and entered halftime down 16 points.

UNM would cut the second-half deficit to eight with a 9-1 run, only for the Mustangs to counter with a 9-0 run of their own. The Lobos would mount one final 7-0 run in the closing minutes, but it was too little too late, and SMU came out on top 90-72.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. led the Lobos with 25 points on 9 of 21 shooting, and Jaelen House added 16 of his own.

“SMU is a very good team. I think they are a NCAA Tournament team and they have veterans, 1,000-point scorers, seniors, they are old. We still cannot find a way to get a stop when we need to,” said UNM Head Coach Richard Pitino.

“We cut it to eight or nine in the second half a couple of time and couldn’t get a stop. I love the fight in the second half, but give SMU credit. They are where we want to be in a couple of years.”

With the loss, the Lobos fall to 6-6 on the season, while the Mustangs improved their record to 9-3.

UNM will look to get back in the win column with a home matchup on Tuesday against Norfolk State before kicking off Mountain West Conference play on 12/28 against Colorado State.

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Lobos add 24 players on National Signing Day

The University of New Mexico Lobos added 24 players on National Signing Day, including a talented collection of some of the top athletes in the state.

The signing class included 19 high school seniors, three junior college transfers, and two division I transfers.

Head Coach Danny Gonzales and his coaching staff added a collection of talented in-state athletes, including NM Player of the year, RB Zach Vigil from Rio Rancho High School. The addition of Vigil is the third year in a row in which UNM landed the New Mexico Player of the year, with Vigil joining QB Isaiah Chavez and WR Luke Wysong.

The signing class also includes former Los Lunas High star Tyler Kiehne, who is returning to the state after spending a redshirt freshman season with UCLA.

Coach Gonzales joined TEAM Talk on #NationalSigningDay to discuss the recruiting class. You can hear the full interview below:

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Lobos host Aggies in Part 2 of the 2021/22 Rio Grande Rivalry

The University of New Mexico Lobos host in-state rival New Mexico State tonight at the Pit in the second installment of the home & home Rio Grande Rivalry for the 2021/22 season.

The Lobos won the first meeting last week in Las Cruces in what turned out to be a wild night that included a power outage at the Pan American Center.

Here’s to hoping that there are no power-related delays tonight in Albuquerque.

Jaelen House scored a game-high 29 points in UNM’s 101-94 win back on November 30th. Jamal Mashburn Jr. added 19 points, and Jay Allen-Tovar posted a double-double, with 17 points and 11 boards.

Teddy Allen led all scorers with 31 points on 8-16 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 12 of 12 from the charity stripe. Allen leads the team in scoring with 18 points per game, which fellow guard Sir’Jabari Rice second with 14.1.

How the Lobos play defense against those two guards will be a key to this game, as the duo scored 52 of NMSU’s 94 points in the first meeting.

The Aggies enter the game with a 6-2 record, including an impressive 72-69 win on the road against UTEP last Friday.

In addition to riding the momentum of a solid road victory in El Paso, the Aggies will have coach Chris Jans patrolling the sidelines at the Pit. Jans was absent from the first meeting due to COVID-19 protocols.