November 11, 2003
The University of New Mexico plays its final exhibition game Sunday when it faces the EA Sports Southwest All-Stars. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. from The Pit/Bob King Court in Albuquerque. This is the second of two home exhibition games for the Lobos. The 101st regular season begins in earnest on Saturday, November 22, against San Francisco State.
The Lobos have already played five exhibition games after taking a Canadian Tour last month. UNM went 4-0 on a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, defeating the University of Calgary, Trinity Western College, the Vancouver All-Stars and Simon Fraser. Because of the tour - which is allowed by the NCAA once every four years - UNM's first practice was September 27. The Lobos had 10 workouts before the trip, then resumed regularly-scheduled practices on October 21.
TICKETS - Season tickets are currently available at the athletics ticket office at The Pit. Single-game tickets are available online at golobos.com, or by calling 925-5858 or (800) 905-3315. Ticket outlets include the athletics ticket office at The Pit, the ticket office at the UNM Bookstore on main campus, and Raley's and Western Wearhouse locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho. Ticket office hours at The Pit are 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. Call (505) 925-5626 for more information.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT - The EA Sports Southwest All-Stars is a collection of former U.S. collegiate players. Lobo fans will certainly recognize the names of Tony Harvey (Utah) and former Wyoming guards Brett McFall and Chris McMillian. The All-Stars play a 13-game schedule between November 1-18. They are 1-5 heading into tonight's game at Oregon State with the lone win coming at Cal State Northridge (88-82). The losses came against Cal Irvine (94-91), Loyola Marymount (84-78), Cal Riverside (86-79), Washington (89-78) and UTEP (88-75). The All-Stars travel to Arizona State Wednesday, Texas Tech Thursday and TCU Friday before meeting UNM on Sunday. EA Sports completes its exhibition season next Tuesday at New Mexico State.
EXHIBITION RECAPS - One constant in the Lobos' 5-0 exhibition record has been hot shooting. UNM has shot a toasty 52.6% from the floor, including a smokin' 49.6% (58-117) from beyond the 3-point line. That's 11.6 treys a game. The Lobos have outrebounded their opponents by five a game (37.2-32.2) and have held foes to 39.3% shooting, including 30% from beyond the arc. New Mexico has increased its point total in every game, highlighted by a 107-point outburst against Team Ezybonds last week.
No one has been hotter than senior G Javin Tindall, who is averaging 20 points a game. He has made 69% (38-55) of his shots overall, including a salty 67% (18-27) from 3-point. David Chiotti is averaging 15.4 ppg and a team-high 6.4 rpg.
Playing four games in three days in British Columbia in mid-October, the Lobos captured four wins thanks to hot shooting. UNM hit 52% of its field goals, including a steamy 50.5% (46-91) from the 3-point line, which was positioned at the international distance of 20'6". That's an average of 11.5 treys a game. The free-throw line was not friendly as New Mexico converted only 62.3% (43-69).
Tindall paced three Lobos in double figures by averaging 18.5 ppg. He nailed 13 of 20 shots from beyond the arc, or 65%, and had 16 assists. Chiotti averaged 15.8 ppg and a team-high 6.3 rebounds. He notched 18 points and a tour-high 15 boards in the win over the University of Calgary.
Sophomore G Jeff Hart came off the bench in all four games to average 13.8 ppg, canning 13 of 26 attempts from 3-point. Freshman F Justin Benson averaged 6.0 rebounds while freshman G Ryan Wall tallied a team-best 18 assists.
EXHIBITION HISTORY - The Lobos have been playing exhibition games since the 1972 season. UNM has a 47-5 all-time record, 42-5 in The Pit. Last year, UNM beat the EA Sports West All-Stars 97-86 and the EA Sports Southwest All-Stars 90-78. Average attendance for 42 home exhibition games is 15,436.