ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Lobo Men’s Basketball didn’t start out as well they would have liked against New Mexico State on Friday night. They trailed 30-29, but UNM would turn it on in the 2nd half. They started it off on a 13-0 run.
“I thought that they were excellent, I thought if you can hold that team to 59, and they shot it pretty good they got it going in a good rhythm. But if we can continue to guard with that effort I think that we will get better and better defensively. Now we made some mistakes, but they did everything I asked them to do. I just wanted them to play extremely hard”, said Coach Craig Neal.
Tim Williams led the Lobos in scoring with 20 points, and Elijah Brown seemed to finally find some rhythm scoring a season high of 19 points. “I just told him (Elijah Brown) he has got to be who he is, just be who you are, be a better version of who you were last year and I think he did that in the 2nd half”, said Craig Neal.
The Dynamic Duo of Williams and Brown were on showcase last night, and NMSU Coach Paul Weir believes they were a key in this win for the Lobos. “Yeah I mean Williams and Brown are just terrific players and they are really good. I thought we did a pretty good job on them in the 1st half, but you know Tim Williams is so good at getting to the free throw line and he proved why he is such a good player”, said Weir.
The Lobos now head to the Wooden Legacy Tournament in California next week with a 3-0 record. They play Virginia Tech first on Thanksgiving Day at 2:30pm and that game will be televised on ESPN.