Dec. 8, 2003
The New Mexico Lobos end a demanding strech of games Monday, playing host to the Sacramento State Hornets. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. from The Pit/Bob King Court in Albuquerque. Monday's game will be UNM's fourth in the past eight days. It's also the second contest of a six-game home stand that ends with the Comcast Lobo Invitational on Dec. 29.
UNM is 2-3 after a tough 67-58 loss to Texas Tech Saturday afternoon. New Mexico had an 18-8 lead in the first half and a three-point advantage (32-29) at halftime. Tech's first lead was 36-34 and neither team trailed by more than five points until the final minute of the game.
The Lobos have lost three in a row since a 2-0 start. New Mexico had a pair of three-game losing streaks last year, but has not lost four straight since the last four games of the 2001-02 season.
UNM has lost two straight at home. The Lobos have dropped three straight in The Pit since a five-game skid during the 1991-92 season.
Sacramento State is 3-2 following a 76-60 loss at Cal Poly, snapping a three-game win streak. The Hornets shot 37% (23-63), including 21% (6-29) from 3-point, and were guilty of 27 turnovers in the setback.
Interestingly, the Hornets' leading scorers - Joseph Dawson (13.0 ppg) and Brandon Guyton (11.2) - have yet to start a game this season. Sac State has nice scoring balance as its top six scorers average between 7 and 13 points a game.
This is the second meeting between the two schools. UNM ripped the Hornets 102-71 in The Pit on Dec. 19, 1998. Lobos head coach Ritchie McKay is 4-1 in his career against Sacramento State. His Portland State teams went 3-1 in 1997 and '98 while Colorado State defeated the Hornets during the 1999-2000 season.
After Sacramento State, UNM takes a 13-day break for semester exams before the resumption of play on Dec. 21, when Coppin State comes to town. It will be that game when the Lobos have a full complement of players as mid-season transfers Troy DeVries and Danny Granger should be eligible to participate. New Mexico plays nine of its first 10 games at home and does not leave the state until a Jan. 3 trip to Wake Forest.
BUY A BONUS PACK; GET A FREE TICKET TO NMSU - Lobo fans can get a free ticket to the New Mexico State game on Dec. 22 when they purchase a six-game Bonus Pack for just $72. The Bonus Pack includes six games: Coppin State Dec. 21, Northwestern State Dec. 28, U. of San Diego Jan. 6, Cornell Jan. 9, Air Force Jan. 17 and BYU Jan. 26. Fans must come to the ticket office at The Pit to purchase the Bonus Pack. Call (505) 925-5626 for more information.
SEASON NOTES - In its first two games, UNM averaged 90.5 points and shot 57.3% (59-103) from the floor, including 55% (25-45) from 3-point...the numbers the past three games are 59 points a game and overall shooting of 38.2% (63-165), 30% (25-82) from 3-point
In the second half of the past three games, UNM is averaging just 29.3 ppg and shooting 32.6% (30-92) from the floor, 24.5% (13-53) from beyond the arc
David Chiotti scored a career-high 22 points in the win against San Francisco State...Chiotti had his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Highlands
Through games of Dec. 7, the Lobos are tied for 5th in the nation in 3-point FGs made per game at 10.0.
Javin Tindall scored 18 of his career-high 27 points in the first half in UNM's 86-59 win over New Mexico Highlands
The Lobos set a school record for 3-point accuracy against San Francisco State, making 72.2% (13-18) of their attempts...the previous best was 70% (7-10) against Wyoming on Feb. 6, 1992...UNM made 9 of 10 treys in the second half against the Gators
The 53-point margin of victory (95-42) against San Francisco State ties for the seventh largest in school history and ties for the fifth-widest in The Pit...it's the most points in a season opener since a 98-76 triumph over Southern Cal in 1997...it's also the fewest points allowed by UNM since a 74-32 victory over BYU on Feb. 3, 1997
UNM has made a 3-pointer in 401 straight games, the 11th-longest streak in NCAA Div. I history...the last time the Lobos failed to connect was Jan. 3, 1991 at Colorado State when they missed on eight attempts...UNLV, which has never failed to make a 3 since the shot became rule in 1986-87, is the all-time leader at more than 540 in a row
Alfred Neale recorded the first double-double of his Lobo career, finishing with a season-best 22 points and 13 rebounds against Portland...he also tied a season-high with four 3-pointers
Freshman guard Ryan Wall turns 20 Wednesday