Lobos quest to avoid losing record begins at SJSU

Isabel Gonzalez

New Mexico at San José State
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
8 p.m. MT
Watch: AT&T SportsNet

There are only four games remaining for New Mexico before the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, which will take place March 13-16. While the Lobos won’t be able to reach a winning record, they can still avoid a losing one. 

The Lobos had almost a week off after their 71-55 loss at Utah State. Their first opponent as they get back on the court is the San Jose State Spartans.

When the Spartans visited The Pit on Feb. 13, the home team pulled a 32-point win with a 92-60 result. This was the largest victory margin over a division I opponent for the Lobos this season. While the result was good for New Mexico, the team missed a goal set by head coach Paul Weir to keep the Spartans under 50 points.

SJSU has lost 17 straight games. The Spartans are 3-23 overall and have zero wins in the 14 conference games they have played. They got close to a victory on Jan. 26 as they hosted the Air Force Falcons and pushed the game into double overtime. Guard Brae Ivey gave fans free basketball after hitting a three-pointer with less than a second left in regulation time. Each team got nine points during the first overtime period, but by the end of the night, Air Force pulled a 73-71 victory. 

New Mexico enters Tuesday with back-to-back losses. During their loss to Utah State, the Lobos gave the Aggies 23 points off of 18 turnovers. In the MW conference, only San Jose State averages more turnovers than UNM.

Senior Anthony Mathis leads UNM with 15.5 points per game. He has 95 three-pointers this season, which is just seven away from a school record of 102 (set in 1998-99). Junior Michael Steadman leads the Spartans with an average of 13.1 points per game.