ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Craig Neal and his Lobo men’s basketball team can rest easy knowing that they gave the program it’s 14th straight season opening victory Friday night.
The Lobos outlasted a scrappy Idaho State Bengals team 81 to 70. Lobos junior guard/forward Sam Logwood lead the cherry and silver in scoring with 20 points. Senior forward Tim Williams was second in scoring with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The game marked the return of Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year, Elijah Brown, to the lineup. The Lobos junior guard missed the first two exhibition games while nursing a left hamstring injury. Brown had 14 points and four assists in his return to action. Bengals guard Ethan Telfair was the high point scorer of the game.
Telfair was sensational as he carved up the Lobo defense on his way to a triple double of 25 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds. His play helped the Bengals jump out to an early ten point lead.
The Lobos would trail by six after one half of a play but a big second half allowed them to come back and eventually win by 11 points.
“I thought our guys did a good job in the second half,” said head coach Craig Neal. “I thought we were very productive in the second half. We’ll continue to work. We’ve got a game Monday so we will go forward from here.”
The Lobos once again struggled at the free throw and will try to make it better when they host Houston Baptist Monday.