Commentators said the game was “an absolute clinic against the zone.” Unfortunately for New Mexico, it was the Lobo zone they were referring to.
The Lobos fell 91-76 to the Colorado State Rams on the road on Saturday afternoon. With this result, New Mexico is .500 as it drops to an 8-8 overall record and 2-2 in the Mountain West. The Rams improve to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
After crushing Nevada last week, New Mexico lost to UNLV and is down 10 to Colorado State in the second half.— Mountain West Wire (@MWCwire) January 12, 2019
Colorado State started out hot with its first three successful shots being from beyond the arc. For a good part of the first half, the Rams were shooting over 70 percent from the field. New Mexico was relying on zone defense but then switched to man-to-man for a while.
With 19 seconds remaining in this period, the Lobos had managed to get within six points. However, they couldn’t hold on. The latest mistake being senior Anthony Mathis getting a turnover and then a foul.
By halftime, the home team had a double-digit lead at 48-38 while shooting at 61.8 percent. New Mexico had eight turnovers, five more than the Rams.
Less than two minutes into the second half, the Lobos had picked up two more turnovers, including one resulting from not watching the shot clock. Things did not improve for New Mexico and by the end of the day they finished with 17 turnovers.
With 1:14 remaining, the Rams were up 91-69. Starters left and the bench took the floor.
“Unfortunately when you turn the ball over like that against a team with that kind of speed, you’re not even giving yourselves a chance,” said UNM head coach Paul Weir on a statement. “Just to allow 24 points off of turnovers is hard for any defense.”
While it wasn’t a good day for the Lobos overall, redshirt sophomore Vance Jackson got his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Up next, the Lobos travel go San Diego State for a 9pm MT game on Tuesday.