Lobos travel to California for first game of the year

Lobos travel to California for first game of the year

First day of 2020 is also the first game of the year for the University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team. The cherry and silver is traveling to California to reopen Mountain West play against the San Jose State Spartans.

The Lobos come in with a 13-2 overall record and 2-0 in the conference. The Spartans are 4-10, 0-2 MW, but they were very close to defeating the No. 12/13 team in the nation, and conference rival, the San Diego State Aztecs. The 59-57 loss on Dec. 8 was a shock for basketball fans as it was almost the first loss for the Aztecs, who are 13-0.

San Jose State was 4-27 overall last season and only won one of 18 MW games. That single win came after an 89-82 upset against New Mexico in February.

The Spartans are looking to turn their luck around the same way they just snapped an eight-game losing streak after an 83-68 win over Pepperdine.

Sophomore Seneca Knight currently leads the team’s offense averaging 12.8 points per game. No other player is currently averaging double digits, as the team hasn’t been too high scoring, averaging 66.9 points per game while allowing opponents 77.0 ppg.