Oct. 17, 2003
Langley, British Columbia -- The New Mexico Lobos made it two wins in as many days as they eased past Trinity Western University 82-68. Sophomore Jeff Hart came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points, canning five of seven shots from beyond the 3-point line. Hart, a walk-on from Albuquerque's Sandia High School, has tallied 28 points in the first two games of UNM's Canadian Exhibition Tour.
A standing-room-only crowd of 1,850 packed into a gymnasium that seated 1,500.
The Lobos got off to a great start, connecting on six of their first seven 3-point shots. They shot only 44% (26-59) for the night overall, but converted 13 of 24 attempts (54%) from long range. UNM has made 52.3% (22-of-42) of its 3-pointers on the tour. New Mexico held the Spartans to just 34% (22-of-65) accuracy from the floor.
UNM led by as many as 22 points on two occasions in the second half, the last time 69-47 with 10:59 remaining after a jumper by sophomore post David Chiotti.
True freshman point guard Ryan Wall had a solid floor game with eight points, five assists and just one turnover. True freshman post Justin Benson contributed seven points and a team-high eight rebounds in 25 reserve minutes.
True freshman Kellen Walter, a 6-11 post player who was expected to redshirt the 2003-04 season, will probably not do so after grabbing three rebounds in 14 minutes of action against the Spartans. Adam Friesen led TWU with 24 points.
UNM nipped the University of Calgary 78-77, last night in the first game of its four-game tour. The Lobos complete their preseason swing Saturday with an unprecedented two games. New Mexico faces the Vancouver All-Stars at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. The nightcap pits the Lobos against Simon Fraser University at 8. Both games will be played at the Simon Fraser arena in nearby Burnaby. A delayed radio broadcast of the Simon Fraser game will be available on the internet at 11 p.m. Albuquerque time at www.team1040.ca.