Nov. 8, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior guard Javin Tindall led four players in double figures with 26 points as New Mexico used a torrid start from the floor to coast to a 107-75 victory over Team Ezybonds in the first home exhibition game of the season. UNM is now 5-0 in exhibition games this fall after winning four games last month during a tour in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Team Ezybonds consists of players that participate as professionals in Australia. A crowd of 12,381 was on hand at The Pit/Bob King Court to see a Lobo team with as many newcomers as returning players.
New Mexico canned eight of its first 10 3-pointers on its way to making 12 of 26 treys for the evening. The Lobos built a 25-point lead three times in the first half and led 56-36 at the break. UNM hit 55% (36-66) of its shots from the floor led by the diminuitive Tindall, who missed just three times in 13 attempts. He was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Junior transfer Alfred Neale had a hustling 16 points and tied David Chiotti for team-high honors with seven rebounds. UNM outrebounded Ezybonds 49-30. Chioitti added 14 points while Jeff Hart chipped in with 10.
The Lobos play their final exhibition game Sunday, Nov. 16 against the EA Sports All-Stars. Game time is 7 p.m. They open the regular season Nov. 22 against San Francisco State.