New Mexico lost 74-80 to the Colorado State Rams, the Mountain West preseason favorite, on Wednesday night. However, the Lobos performed a lot better than expected.
The cherry and silver team was a big underdog against No. 23 (Coaches Poll) CSU, especially playing on the road. The Rams found double-digit leads more than once, but New Mexico tied and even took the lead a few times in the second period.
“New Mexico, we knew that this was an aggressive group,” CSU head coach Niko Medved said. “They are fast, aggressive. They kind of play freewheeling. You gotta give them a lot of credit.”
Four Lobos scored in double figures: Jaelen House (18pts), Javonte Johnson (18pts), KJ Jenkins (17pts) and Jamal Mashburn Jr (13pts).
The loss dropped the Lobos to a 7-11 overall record and 0-5 in the Mountain West Conference. Meanwhile, Colorado State improved to 14-1, 4-1 MW. The Rams tied their best start in school history.