AP Denis Poroy
The Lobos got a big win in The Pit on Wednesday night, as they beat Utah 74-57. It wasn’t a big win in the sense that Utah is a great team like Cal, Dayton, Texas Tech, or Texas A&M, but big in the sense that if New Mexico didn’t win, they would be 0-3 in conference play and their confidence would be at an all-time low. Instead, the Lobos gained much-needed conference confidence which they can take into Laramie on Saturday.
Once again, the Lobos didn’t have a single player score a bunch of points, but instead a smattering of players scoring in double figures, five to be exact. Though Martinez, Gary and Hobson took the majority of field-goal attempts for the Lobos, it was Hardeman and Garth who made their buckets count when they were given opportunities.
New Mexico’s three-point shooting struggled once again, but only 10 three-pointers were attempted. Utah, on the other hand, shot the same percentage as New Mexico, but while attempting 23 three-pointers, thanks in large part to Marshall Henderson (3-10).
This game proves beyond any doubt that size is not always an advantage. Here are the combined stats for each team’s big men:
Foster & Washburn, Utah: 14’3”, 38 minutes, 9 points, 7 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 3 blocks, 1 turnover, 5 personal fouls.
Hardeman & Brown, UNM: 13’5”, 48 minutes, 18 points, 11 rebounds, 0 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 3 personal fouls.
The Lobos didn’t have quite as many turnovers as they have had lately (12), but Darington Hobson had half of them. Through the first five games of the season, Hobson had combined for only 5 turnovers, in last night’s game he had 6. Hobson has been playing more point guard lately, but needs to take better care of the ball, Roman Martinez has only 15 turnovers the entire season. Also, if Hobson plans on making the NBA, he needs to work on free-throws as he is shooting 61% on the year.