Lobos struggle to finish strong in loss to Fresno State

Isabel Gonzalez

A good start did not turn into a good ending for the Lobos as New Mexico fell 82-70 to Fresno State on Saturday night.

This result allowed the Bulldogs (16-5, 7-2 Mountain West) to remain tied for second place in the conference with the Utah State Aggies (17-5, 8-1 MW). Meanwhile, the Lobos dropped to 9-12 overall, 3-6 MW.

Fresno State’s first three possessions were empty and New Mexico managed to get off to a 4-0 start. The Lobos led by as many as nine points during the first half but then had a six minute period of not scoring.

Neither team shot particularly well during the first half, with Fresno State shooting at 40 percent from the field and New Mexico at 34.4 percent. Junior forward Nate Grimes led all scorers with 10 points. He got a double double with 10 rebounds.

By halftime, Fresno State led 35-33.

While the Lobos kept up with the Bulldogs during the second half and kept the game close, sloppy mistakes and a poor shooting percentage cost them the game. New Mexico shot at 29.73 percent from the field during the second period, and 31.9 percent overall. They made eight out of their 37 attempts from beyond the arc, and 72 percent of their free throws.

Anthony Mathis led the team with 19 points. The senior point guard fouled out close to the end of the game. Redshirt sophomores Vance Jackson and Keith McGee got 16 and 10 points.

Three Bulldogs saw double digits with redshirt senior guard Braxton Huggins leading with 22 points and senior guard Deshon Taylor following closely with 20 points. Grimes had a season-high 19 points. He completed his seventh double double of the season with a Save Mart Center-record 19 rebounds.

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