ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The first exhibition game isn’t until November 2 but, Craig Neal has a good idea of what he would like to see when his University of New Mexico Lobos take the court.
“We can’t turn the ball over like we have and we got to guard people better,” said Neal. “You know our last six games of the year we gave up 77 points and we can’t do that if we want to have a successful team that competes for a championship and hopefully a postseason berth.” Neal made the comments at the Lobos Annual Sxith Man Golf Tournament.
Neal says the fundraiser tournament at the Canyon Club at Four Hills helps to keep the Lobos on an elite level. The Lobos return two all conference players in guard: Elijah Brown and forward Tim Williams. Brown put his name in the NBA Draft pool to get feedback during the off season. He has come back more determined and working harder with hopes of getting to the next level. Neal said he will need Brown and Williams to lead the club, which also has a nice mix of four new players, this season.
“If we are going to be the team we are capable of being, those guys got to lead this year and they have to play both ends of the floor,” said Neal. “That’s one thing those guys are going to have to do for us as veteran players.”
The Lobos play Western New Mexico in an exhibition game November 2 at WisePies Arena AKA The Pit.