The Jekyll and Hyde season continued Wednesday night for the New Mexico Lobos, as they triumphed in a heart-pounding contest with the Boise State Broncos, that saw it end 73-72.
Maybe just call them the Cardiac Lobos. On Senior night at The Pit, it was one of the two seniors that saved the day for UNM. Dane Kuiper had just six points in what would assumingly be his final game inside the famed arena, but it was his lone steal that sealed the victory.
Carlton Bragg had a chance to push the Lobo lead to three with 8.4 seconds left, but he missed on both to give Boise State the last shot to win. As the Broncos came up the floor, they got the ball in the hands of Alex Hobbs, Kuiper, picking up Hobbs off a screen, swiped at the ball and Hobbs lost control. Kuiper grabbed the ball out of the air as time expired to give the Lobos their 13th win on the season.
The Lobos have now won two in a row, coming on the heels of possibly the most embarrassing loss in Paul Weir’s tenure, when they were defeated 89-82 to the hands of San Jose State. The streak has landed the Lobos in seventh in the Mountain West, with one more regular season game left to play.
Where they stand and a look ahead: Overall now the Lobos are 13-16, and 7-10 in the Mountain West. A win for the Lobos on Saturday at Wyoming and coupled with an Air Force loss to these same Boise State Broncos, and the Lobos would secure the sixth seed in the MWC Tournament and begin with an opening round game against the aforementioned San Jose State Spartans.
A loss could drop the Lobos to the eighth seed, meaning that they would open the tournament against Boise State. If the Lobos were to stay at the number seven seed they would square off with Wyoming.
Right now the easier route for the Lobos to make a run at the MWC Tournament title would be to finish as the sixth seed. They would open against San Jose State, and then would likely face San Diego State in the second round. A lower seeding could setup second round matchups with Nevada, or Utah State, if the Lobos were to make it out of the first round.
First things first for this team that’s difficult to get a handle on; beat Wyoming on Saturday.