The New Mexico Lobos(18-3, 4-2) continued their winning ways over Colorado State(11-8, 2-3) in a 82-64 win at The Pit. The Lobos were led by Dairese Gary's game high 18 points and game high 5 assists. The Rams fell on the road for their 2nd straight game and are now riding a three game losing streak against the top Mountain West teams. Every Lobo scored in the game and all the starters but A.J. Hardeman was in double digits. Catch more after the jump...
The Lobos played their best game in a few weeks and looked ready for BYU coming to town this up coming week. The Lobos out rebounded the Rams 40-27 and forced them into 16 turnovers. The shooting could have been better as they only put in 42% of their shots and 36% from three. Gary was perfect from the free throw line hitting 10-10 on his way to 17 points. The Lobo defense was impressive as they limited Travis Franklin and Andy Ogide to 8 points total.
Andy Ogide did not start for the Rams after his disappearing act against UNLV and had more fouls then point or rebounds so I would imagine he gets to sit starting their next game again. Travis Busch took his place in the starting lineup. The Rams once again relied on freshman Dorian Green and Greg Smith who both had 13 points and were the best Rams on the court. For the Rams to compete on the road against tough teams they will need their upperclassmen to step up. Right now the freshman are the only ones looking like they belong on the court for the Rams.
Up next the Lobos will invite the #13 BYU Cougars in to The Pit on Wednesday. The Cougars are a top the MWC with a 5-0 record. This will be a huge game for both teams in deciding who wins the MWC.
For the Rams they get TCU at home Wednesday in a game where they could gain some confidence back after three losses to tough opponents. TCU is also 2-3 in conference as both teams have beaten Wyoming and Air Force.