ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team will look to rebound Tuesday night as the Lobos play host to Colorado State inside WisePies Arena – The Pit. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. MT and will are on CBS Sports Network (Comcast 274/838 HD, DISH 158, DirecTV 221).
The Lobos, who are 16-11 on the season and in fourth place in the Mountain West with a 9-6 record, suffered a 71-61 loss to Fresno State Saturday afternoon. The Lobos couldn’t quite get their offense moving in the second half. Sam Logwood led the Lobos with 14 points, shooting 6-for-15 from the field.
The Lobos continue to be the best shooting team in the conference. On the season, they are shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.
Elijah Brown has been persistent for the Lobos. He is averaging 18.8 points per game on the year and is leading the conference in league action at 20.9 points per game. He is shooting 39.3 percent from the field in conference action and 39.6 percent from the three. He has been the most successful at the free throw line at 87.8 percent.
The Lobos came out on top in the last meeting with Colorado State, defeating the Rams 84-71. In that game, Elijah Brown finished with 25 points, including scoring his 1000th point as a Lobo. The Lobos also had three others finish in double digits.
Colorado State comes into the contest with a 10-4 league record which is tied for first with Boise State and Nevada. Overall, they are 18-9 on the season. The Rams have won their last seven of eight, falling to Boise State on Jan. 31.
The Rams are led by Gian Clavell, as he is averaging 18.7 points per game on the season and 20.7 points per game in league action. He is shooting 43.2 percent from the three in conference. Emmanuel Omogbo is averaging 16.6 points per game in league play.
As a team, Colorado State is shooting 42.7 percent from the field on the year and 39.3 percent from the three in conference action. They are averaging 74.7 points per game in league games and are holding MW opponents to 68.7 points per game.
ABOUT THE COACHES
Craig Neal is in his fourth year as head coach of the New Mexico Lobos. He owns a 75-49 career record at UNM. He is the first coach in Mountain West history to win on the road at San Diego State, Boise State and Colorado State. Larry Eustachy is in his fifth season with the Rams and owns a 105-57 record at CSU. In his career, he is 507-315.
ABOUT THE SERIES
This will be the 121st meeting between the two teams in program history. This is the seventh longest rivalry in New Mexico history and second longest against a Mountain West opponent. The Lobos lead the all-time series 75-45 and lead 44-5 inside The Pit.
ABOUT THE BROADCAST
Tuesday’s game will broadcast on CBS Sports Network (Comcast 274/838 HD, DISH 158, DirecTV 221). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. MT. The game will also be available on the radio on New Mexico’s flagship station 770 KKOB with the broadcast brought to you by Robert Portnoy and Lobo great Hunter Greene. The TuneIn radio app will also be available.