ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lobo Men’s basketball bounced back after their loss to Utah State on Tuesday by beating San Jose State at home on Saturday 74-58. The Lobos were led by Elijah Brown once again in points, as he finished with a game high of 21.
“I don’t know if we were real crisp. It was just good to get a win”, said UNM Coach Craig Neal adding he is really proud that they came through some things going on, stayed together and played hard. The effort was there and now they just have to get ready for Boise.
While Brown had 21 points he was 5-15 from the field and 2-7 from 3. The Lobos only shot 30% from 3 and 42% from the Field. It was the Lobo defense that really got them this win. They held the Spartans to 30% from the Field and 27% from 3.
Tim Williams and Obij Aget held their own down low as well as Williams finished with 16 and Aget had 11. The Lobos outscored SJSU 30-14 in the paint on Saturday. Coach Neal liked his team’s performance, but still thinks they need to capitalize at the line. They are one of the leagues best at getting to the line. They shot 69% from the charity stripe, but Coach Neal wants them to be over 70%.
It was a good win to get back on track, but also for morale with all the scrutiny surrounding Cullen Neal. Neal finished with 6 points and 3 assists, he also released this statement after the game. “I love this game. I really appreciate the way this community has supported me and my teammates the past few days. It’s an honor to be a student-athlete here and I’m proud to represent this university and this city. We will continue to work hard and strive for excellence.”
The Lobos stay at home to host Boise State next on Wednesday. Tip off From Wise Pies Arena AKA The Pit will be 8 PM.