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Redshirt junior guard Elijah Brown attempts to block a Arkansas-Pine Bluff player Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at WisePies Arena. 

Basketball: Lobos get thumped by No. 18 Arizona in a lop-sided road loss

The No.18 team in the nation overpowered and the Lobo men’s basketball team on both ends of the floor Tuesday night at the McKale Center. New Mexico (7-5) suffered a 77-46 loss to Arizona (11-2) in the team’s final non-conference game of the season, and it appears the Lobos have a lot to take care of before it hosts Fresno State in the Dec. 28 conference opener. In the days leading up to the game, UNM head coach Craig Neal said the Lobos needed to guard the ball well and create good scoring chances to have a chance to win. But there wasn’t much of either going on for the Lobos Tuesday night.

Sophomore guard Dane Kuiper leaps up to the net while playing against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at WisePies Arena.

Basketball: Lobos hope to take down top 25 Arizona in tough road test

The Lobos took a 40-point victory against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions on Saturday, but the competition will step up significantly as they face a nationally ranked opponent in Arizona. New Mexico (7-4) will travel to Tucson, Arizona to take on the University of Arizona Wildcats, a team that is ranked No. 18 in both the AP top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. A release said the Lobos won the last meeting between the two schools. UNM took a 70-68, narrowly defeating then No. 2 Arizona on Dec. 21, 1999. On Tuesday evening, New Mexico will try to duplicate that result.

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