The Board of Regents voted 6-to-1 Tuesday to approve the Department of Athletics’ proposal to balance the budget and start a repayment plan for the millions of dollars in accumulated deficit to the University.

Student regent Garrett Adcock, a former Lobo football player, was the lone dissenting vote.

Regent President Robert Doughty said the plan was a step in the right direction, but the BOR is still awaiting the creation of a line-by-line itemized budget from athletics.


On a gusty Tuesday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field, the ball seemed to be flying. However, things didn’t go the University of New Mexico’s way as they fell to No. 5 Texas Tech 20-9, in a game of offensive firepower.

This marked UNM’s tenth straight loss, which ties for the longest losing streak in Ray Birmingham’s 11 years as head coach of the Lobos.

TTU opened up the game with two runs in the first inning, both of which came on RBI singles to take an early lead. But, in the bottom of the first inning, UNM had an answer for the Red Raiders, as junior Jared Mang was able to notch a two-run double, while his brother, freshman Connor Mang, picked up an RBI after grounding out into a double play in which Jared Mang scored, all but putting the Lobos up 3-2.

In back-to-back home fixtures over the weekend, the University of New Mexico (13-10) lost 4-1 to Utah State (16-8) on Friday but responded two days later with a dramatic 4-3 victory over rivals Boise State (9-17).

Tied 3-3 against the Broncos, the deciding point fell onto the shoulders of UNM senior and Albuquerque native Sean Baklini, who at the No. 6 position was pitted against Bronco senior Ryland McDermott.

McDermott, 8-10 in singles this year, won the first set against Baklini 6-4, putting the Broncos one step closer to clinching the overall victory.

But in the second set, Baklini fought for survival, and after forcing a second-set tiebreak, won the second set 7-6 (7-5) to force a third set.

In a 48 hour period that began Friday, the Lobos added three new commitments for the 2018-19 season. The Lobos additions began with junior college transfers Keith McGee, Karim Ezzeddine, as well as high school combo guard Tavian Percy.

McGee, a guard, played last season at South Plains College in Texas, appearing in 32 games with 22 starts. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game for the Texans, playing 21.2 minutes per game.

“I picked UNM because it fits me, McGee said. “It’s a basketball school and The Pit Is beautiful.”

He picked the Lobos over UMass and Missouri State.

Ezzeddine, a forward who played last season at Northwest Florida State, is originally from Paris, France. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 34 games last season.


Men's soccer: UNM sport being 'very seriously considered' for cut

The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program is being "very seriously" looked at as a sport to cut, according to an email sent out this afternoon by head coach Jeremy Fishbein.

In a meeting Monday morning, athletic director Eddie Nuñez told Fishbein that men’s soccer was one of the sports being seriously considered to be discontinued in order to save money for a department that has failed to balance its budget in eight of the last 10 years.

Track and Field: Small collection of Lobos achieve big marks at Triton Invitational

The Lobo track and field team competed in sunny La Jolla C.A. on Friday and Saturday at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational as a small collection of Lobo athletes represented UNM well with some solid showings.

New Mexico notched one individual victory and had over a dozen top-10 finishes at the meet, led by a standout performance from women's high jumper Ada'ora Chigbo.

Chigbo took first-place honors in the high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches on her third attempt to win the event — a jump that was good enough for the seventh-best mark in program history.

Softball: Lobos lose to UTEP

The University of New Mexico softball team lost an afternoon affair to the University of El Paso Miners on Monday, 7-0.

UTEP opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Kaitlyn Rider drove in Courtney Clayton on a single to right field to score the first run of the game and give the Miners a 1-0 lead heading into the second.

Baseball: Lobos get swept in weekend series at Nevada

The University of New Mexico baseball team was swept by the Nevada Wolf Pack over the weekend in Reno, Nevada, as they lost all three games, including its last nine games in a row.

On Friday in the series opener, the Wolf Pack (20-13, 14-4 MW) dismantled the Lobos (12-21-1, 6-12 MW) in a 15-2 victory. Nevada held UNM to just four hits while striking out nine Lobos during the game.

In the process, sophomore pitcher Justin Slaten gave up seven hits and six runs in his 4.1 innings on the mound.

The second matchup of the series on Saturday saw the Wolf Pack defeat the Lobos again, though that game was much closer than the first — with Nevada edging UNM by a score of 5-2.

Men's Soccer: Past, present and future come together as the Lobos play alumni match

The past, present and future from University of New Mexico men’s soccer team gathered to play its annual alumni game on Saturday. And after showcasing speed, energy and sharpness in their play, the current Lobos outscored the UNM Alumni squad 5-2 to win the match.

Although often a laid-back meeting given the nature of the match, the quality of touches — accompanied with the competitiveness and will to win from both teams — was evident from the outset.

“Today was a fun game. Our alumni are very good players," UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said. "They weren’t as fit, but it was fun to see everybody play, and for our guys to realize they are part of something bigger.” 

Women's Basketball: Lobos replace recent departures with two new signings

Two out, two in. In two days since it was announced that freshman N’Dea Flye and Jasmine Smith would not return to the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team, but head coach Mike Bradbury has already found a use for their vacated scholarships.

On Wednesday, the program announced the addition of Nike McClure, a graduate transfer from Washington State University. On Thursday, they added Ahlise Hurst, a freshman from Bendigo, Australia.

McClure stands at 6-3, and will provide the Lobos with some additional depth in the paint behind rising senior Jaisa Nunn. McClure is a native of Tenino, Washington and will be eligible immediately for the Lobos since she has earned her degree.

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