ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Lobos basketball coach Craig Neal started his day with 15 of 18 victories against rival New Mexico State as an assistant and head coach. He added to that total Friday night as the Lobos turned away their rival 72-59. It was a match up between two old friends.
Neal and Aggies first year head coach Paul Weir have a bond that goes back to the time when they were on the same coaching staff at Iowa in the mid 2000’s. Weir’s club put up a fight at WisePies Arena AKA The Pit.
In fact, the Aggies held a one point 30-29 lead at the half. Aggies guard Ian Baker led all scorers with 25 points and was a thorn in the side of the Lobos the entire night.
The Lobos opened the second half on a 13-0 run. They managed to build an 11 point lead only to watch it cut back down to two.
Forward Tim Williams led the Lobos in scoring with 20 points. Preseason Mountain West Player of the Year, Elijah Brown, followed with 19 points. Sam Logwood was the only other Lobo in double figures with 12 points.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line shooting under 70 percent.
The teams also struggled at the three point line. The Lobos were 1 for 10 from downtown while the Aggies were only a little over 29 percent.
The Lobos will head to the Wooden Legacy Tournament in California next week with a 3-0 record. They will play Virginia Tech Thursday.
The Aggies dropped to 2-2 and will host Bethune Cookman Sunday.