Oct. 18, 2003
The University of New Mexico men's basketball team capped off their exhibition trip to Vancouver, B.C. with an impressive 92-70 win over Simon Fraser (1-3) tonight. The Lobos (4-0) were in danger of running out of gas, but used a strong second half to improve to 4-0 on their northern swing. Sophomore David Chiotti led the Lobos with 23 points on 9-11 shooting and 5-5 from the foul line. He also grabbed five rebounds and four blocks on the night.
Chiotti established a strong inside presence throughout the Lobos' four-game exhibition tour. The 6-9 forward averaged 15.8 points-per-game and led the team with 6.3 rebounds-per-game and seven blocks.
Chiotti was not without help on the evening as senior Javin Tindall had another impressive outing. He poured in 21 points on 8-11 shooting, including 4-6 from downtown. Tindall also dished out five assists, had four steals and committed just one turnover in 36 minutes of play. Tindall led the Lobos in scoring on the trip, averaging 18.5 ppg. Tindall also led the Lobos in shooting with a 66.7% from the floor and a sizzling 13-20 (65%) from behind the three-point line.
Sophomore Jeff Hart had another solid game with 16 points on 6-9 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc. The 6-1 Hart also managed to grab four rebounds. Hart was impressive for the four-game trip. The Albuquerque native averaged 13.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg. Hart was deadly from behind the arc, connecting on 13 of his 26 three-point attempts.
Newcomer Alfred Neale chipped in 12 points on the night. The junior-college transfer averaged 8.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg in four games this weekend.
Freshman Ryan Wall had a solid all-around game, dishing out six assists with only one turnover. The Coppell, Texas native led UNM with 4.2 assists-per-game, and only eight turnovers in 26.3 minutes-per game.
For a complete list of stats from the exhibition games check out the side bar on the men's basketball page of GoLobos.com. The Lobos return home on Sunday and will begin their regular schedule of practice next week. UNM did not escape Vancouver without one injury. Junior transfer Collins Ferris suffered a cut on his forehead in the second half of the Simon Fraser game that required seven stitches to close. He should not miss any practice time due to his injury.