Fresh off a win over their instate rival, the New Mexico Lobos faced a tough task Saturday evening when the traveled to Valparaiso, Indiana to face the 8-1 Valparaiso Crusaders who were riding a seven game winning streak. The Lobos dominated the game from the opening tip scoring the first to points and they never looked back. They took a 10 point led into the locker room at half time and never let the lead get below eight points the final margin of victory would be 17 for the Lobos.
The Lobos used their size and athletic ability to frustrate the Crusaders. Valparaiso had a hard time getting open shots and when they did the Lobos were there to crash the boards limiting second chance points. The Lobos also frustrated the Crusaders when they had the ball as they could not find an answer for the Lobos athletic wings. At one time Valparaiso tried to run a zone against the Lobos but they were able to get easy shot due to good ball movement.
New Mexico was led by Deshawn Delany who had 17 points and six rebounds, Obij Aget, Devon Williams, and Hugh Greenwood all chipped in with 10 points each. Preferred walk on Tim Jacobs had another good night playing 27 minutes with six points, five rebounds, and two assist and only two turnovers. He did a good job running the Lobos offense and has ability to handle the ball made it difficult for the Crusaders to pressure the Lobos.
The young Lobos continue to find their identity this year and it seems as if they will be a defensive team. They limited the Crusaders who came in to the game averaging over 70 points a game to just 46 points. The Lobos defensive pressure forced Valparaiso to shot 30% from the field and 13% from beyond the ARC. The Lobos held Valparaiso's leading scorer Alec Peters to just nine points. He came in to the game averaging around 20 points a game.
The Lobos will have the week off before returning to action on 12/13/14 to face the University of Louisiana Monroe they should have Jordan Goodman back for the game he has been sidelined with a concussion and he has missed the Lobos last two games.