With six new eligible players on this year's New Mexico Lobos has a different fell compared to prior teams. New Mexico Coach Craig Neal gave fans a chance to see all of the new players in Friday's opener against Idaho State, and winning 79-55. The Lobos had 11 players play double digit minutes and had 11 players score. Cullen Neal led the way by playing 32 minutes scoring 26 points on 7 0f 16 shooting and making 5 of 10 three pointers. Backcourt mate Hugh Greenwood played a team high 33 minutes scoring 8 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists.
The Lobos showed off there athleticism on defense smothering the Bengals holding them to 33% shooting on the night. On the first passion of the game the Lobos set the pace of the game when Neal connected on a lob pass to Deshawn Delany. Delany scored 12 points with 6 of them coming on electrifying dunks. The senior is expected to take on a big share of the scoring responsibilities this year and if tonight game was an indication Delany looks to be up to the task.
Losing Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow to the NBA left a huge hole in the post but sophomore Obij Aget played 30 minutes and registered a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He also added four blocks and one assist. The Lobos out rebounded the Bengals 44-34.
The biggest surprise of the night was Jordan Goodman who was expected to miss the Lobos first 5 games playing 10 minutes. Goodman looked lost at times but that should be expected because he missed so much practice time in the preseason. He finished 1 of 3 shooting for two points and two rebounds. The fact that Goodman even saw the court is a good sign for the Lobos.
The Lobos will next be in action on Sunday when they face Cal State Fullerton. Tip is set for 7pm MST and the game can be seen on Root Sports.