ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Craig Neal and his Lobo men’s basketball team started Mountain West Conference play with a 78-73 victory over Fresno State Wednesday night. The Lobos came into the game with a lot of question marks after losing by 31 points to nationally ranked Arizona in their final non-conference game last week.
One of those questions answered was if the team would be motivated to play better defense. The Lobos delivered in spurts against last year’s Mountain West Tournament Champions. Junior guard Elijah Brown led the way for the Lobos with 19 points. Brown was a perfect 14 for 14 at the free-throw line as the Lobos shot 88 percent.
Four Lobos scored in double figures with Senior forward Tim Williams chipping in 18 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Obij Aget scored 12 points while Dane Kuiper poured in 10.
Fresno State had five players in double figures led by guard Jahmel Taylor who had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
With the victory, the Lobos improved to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in Mountain West play.
The Bulldogs, also playing their first league game, are 0-1 in conference and 8-5 overall.
The Lobos are at San Diego State Sunday. The game has a 3 p.m. mountain time start on CBS Sports Network.