ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They had senior night and the team that beat them on a bad call, acknowledged by the league, in their building. It still wasn’t enough to pull the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team out of free fall.
The Lobos lost to Mountain West Champion San Diego State 83-56 Tuesday night to increase their losing streak to four straight games. The Lobos did the same last season, faltered down the stretch. Last year they closed with an 8 game losing streak, winning only two of their final ten games.
Tuesday night started well but, the Lobos went ice cold after taking a 16 to 7 lead. The Lobos also continued their trend of going soft on defense. They ended up shooting 35.9 percent for the game while the Aztecs shot 55 percent.
The Aztecs also dominated points in the paint with 30 to the Lobos 16. The Lobo bench contributed 7 points while the Aztecs got 28 points from their bench. Malik Pope led the Aztecs in scoring with 20 points. Trey Kell had 15 points. For the Lobos, leading scorer Elijah Brown led the way once again with 18 points.
Forward Tim Williams struggled to 11 points while guard Cullen Neal had 10. Just last week the Lobos were fighting to stay in second place in the Mountain West. At 9-8 in league play, the Lobos are in danger of falling out of the top five and getting a first round bye in next week’s Mountain West Tournament. The Lobos are at Nevada Saturday.