A 4-minute scoring drought to begin the game proved to be a sign of what to come for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (6-10, 1-2 MW), as the Lobos were blown out by the Boise State Broncos (13-2, 3-0 MW), 90-62 in Boise, Idaho Wednesday night.
Just 4 minutes into the game, the Broncos found themselves leading 13-0 before an Anthony Mathis 3-pointer finally opened the scoring for New Mexico, who came into the game with a four-game winning streak over Boise.
Things never improved for New Mexico, and with 16.7 seconds left in the first half, Troy Simons and Boise’s Chandler Hutchinson were given technical fouls for their actions following a foul on New Mexico’s Chris McNeal.
At the end of the half, Boise held a 45-22 lead over the Lobos, who were led in scoring by Simons and Mathis, who each had five at the break. On the other side, Alex Hobbs and Hutchinson led the Broncos with nine points each.
The second half started much like the first for New Mexico, as the Lobos were held scoreless for over 3 minutes following a Dane Kuiper jumper just 6 seconds into the half. Just over 2 minutes into the half, Simons picked up another technical foul and was ejected from the game as a result.
With about 10 minutes to go in the game, the Lobos appeared to show some life as they went on a 15-1 run over about 3 minutes to cut the Boise State lead to 21, 68-47. However, that was as close as they would get, as Boise answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead back to 30 points with only 3 minutes left in the game.
The Broncos were able to empty their bench and secure an easy 90-62 win over the Lobos. Boise State was led by sophomore Justinian Jessup with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Joe Furstinger led the Lobos with 15 points and six rebounds.
Cameron Goeldner is a freelance sports reporter and photographer for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men’s soccer but also contributes content for baseball, basketball, football and track and field. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @goeldfinger.