The New Mexico Lobos had their usual November Saturday big sports day. Three teams played: football, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball. When it was all said and done the Lobos had a pretty decent day.
From the football standpoint, the team was once again defeated, this time 31-3 to Wyoming that ended the regular season at 3-9 and 1-7 in Mountain West play. The UNM defense gave up two 100-yard rushers in the loss; Xazavian Valladay went for 192 yards and two touchdowns, while Nico Evan gained 142 yards and added a touchdown of his own.
The Lobos’ offense wasn’t any better; gaining only 83 yards and picked up only six first downs. This was the first time that the Lobos failed to gain more than 100 yards of offense since 2011 when they gained 85 in a 69-0 loss to TCU. It was also the lowest yardage output by a Lobo offense since 1988 when they gained just 66 yards in a 47-0 loss to Texas.
There is no word yet on the status of head coach Bob Davie’s future as of now.
The women’s basketball team made the UNM faithful feel better with an 89-84 double overtime win over Houston in a game that ended shortly after the football game. The Lady Lobos improved to 3-1 on the season with the win. Aisia Robertson led the way for the Lady Lobos with a triple double 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. She also had five steals in the win. Jaisa Nunn added 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lady Lobos will be in action again on Wednesday night in The Pit when they host Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Mountain.
The UNM men’s basketball team capped a great day for basketball and got fans over the football loss with a thrilling 84-78 victory over UTEP. Anthony Mathis scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including four three-point buckets, to help propel the Lobos to a 3-1 record. Vance Jackson scored nine of his 12 points in the second half as the Lobos overcame an early 11-point deficit and five-point halftime deficit to score the win over their rivals from El Paso.
The Lobos defense was leaky again, but the 78 points by UTEP has been the fewest allowed so far by the Lobos through four contests.
The Lobos will be back on court once again Saturday evening when they travel to Peoria, Illinois play the Bradley Braves in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. That game will be at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.