AP David Crenshaw
New Mexico is a young basketball team and is constantly learning new things, Saturday against UNLV, the Lobos learned not to leave Kendall Wallace open. Wallace was 7-10 from behind the three-point line, helping UNLV beat the Lobos 74-62. Fans in The Pit expected the Lobos to make a run, but every time they looked like they would, Wallace would hit another three and take the momentum away.
New Mexico continued their three-point slump making only 4 of their 18 attempts for 22%. Shooting 36% from the field didn’t help either. Free-throws also continued to be a struggle as New Mexico shot 71% from the charity stripe.
If the Lobos plan to contend in the conference, they are going to have to start shooting better because the rest of the conference is doing pretty well. BYU beat a decent UTEP team in El Paso without Jimmer Fredette, and the Cougars are the best free-throw shooting team in the nation. San Diego State lost at Wyoming, either making the Lobos loss to SDSU look worse, or making the Lobos trip to Laramie next Saturday look more difficult.
The Lobos get a small break from the upper-echelon MWC teams, but will still need to play the game that made them successful in the beginning of the season. And maybe next time they play UNLV, they will guard Kendall Wallace.