For the second time in as many years, the University of Nevada Wolf Pack will enter the NCAA Tournament — but not as Mountain West Champions, after it was defeated by the San Diego State Aztecs in the semifinal round.

Last year, the Wolf Pack got beaten soundly by San Diego State, losing 90-73 in a game that probably wasn't as close as the final score might indicate — as the Aztecs led by as many as 34.

Utah State University men's basketball coach Craig Smith said it's something he speaks to his team about on a constant basis, but it's not what you may be thinking.

"Next best action," Smith said.

When things are not going right for the Aggies, he said his players are urged to think "NBA" and try to find a way to reverse the trend.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Lobo men's basketball played a first half that may have been the worst of the season before a sophomore transfer decided enough was enough and willed his team to victory to advance in the 2019 Mountain West Basketball Championship.

Former UCONN product Vance Jackson was wide open for a corner 3 and called for the ball early in the second half. His teammate didn't see him though and instead the Lobos threw up a contested shot that was off the mark.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Once again, it was shooting that doomed the New Mexico Lobos against San Diego State.

In the Lobos first game of the Mountain West Tournament, they fell to the seventh-seeded Aztecs, 70-61 in overtime. 

UNM only shot 10 percent from 3-point range, going 3-for-29 from deep, compared to 45 percent from beyond the arc for SDSU. 

"I thought out of 29 shots from the three, I'm going to say 25 were horse shots," head coach Mike Bradbury said. You've got to make more than three of those. You just can't win like that." 

New Mexico United Roster Breakdown

With anticipation for the first match in New Mexico United’s brief history reaching a fever pitch, the club is set to announce several more player signings before the first whistle blows on March 9. However, the core of the group has coalesced over the last eight months, and the inaugural roster has largely been set.

With an average age of 25, the club’s players fall just under the average age of 25.3 of players in the USL Championship as a whole, according to soccer statistics website Transfermarkt. 6 players have logged MLS minutes (David Estrada, Devon Sandoval, Sam Hamilton, Chris Wehan, Ethen Sampson, Justin Schmidt), while all but a few have prior USL experience.

Women's Basketball: Jaisa Nunn leads Lobos over Wyoming

Jaisa Nunn wanted to show out one final time in front of the Pit crowd, and she did just that on her Senior Night. 

"It was very emotional for me at first because it's Senior Night," Nunn said. "I knew I had to show out and I had to do if for the fans especially and I was glad that I got the results that I did. I played hard, and so did the team."

Nunn finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks to lead the Lobos to a 57-50 victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls that secured the two seed at next week's Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. UNM will play the winner of a matchup between San Diego State and Air Force. On the night, Nunn also became the seventh Lobo ever to record 1500 points. 

Women's Basketball: Lobos fall to Boise State, MW Championship hopes dashed

The University of New Mexico Women's Basketball team will not be Mountain West regular season champions. 

The Lobos suffered a 70-66 loss to the Boise State Broncos on Monday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, as the hosts secured their first ever outright conference championship. 

UNM struggled offensively for the majority of the game, including turning the ball over 16 times before the half and 26 times in total, which lead to 28 points for the Broncos. Boise, who had 14 turnovers before the half, only turned the ball over four more times in the second half, from which the Lobos only generated 12 points. 

“We were uncharacteristically loose with the ball, and Boise State took advantage of it," head coach Mike Bradbury told the Albuquerque Journal. "I think both teams were trying to do too much in the  first half, but (the Broncos) settled down a little quicker than we did.  We won every statistical category except turnovers and those were the difference.” 

Men's Basketball: Lobos endure second-half surge to defeat Boise on Senior Night

Senior night.

Words that, when paired together, can elicit a wide array of emotions — from a feeling of nostalgia to a burning desire to put a punctuation mark on one's time at college.

And University of New Mexico men's basketball senior guard Dane Kuiper was able to put a stamp on his final regular home game, sending he and fellow senior teammate Anthony Mathis off with a 73-72 victory over the visiting Boise State Broncos.

Women's Basketball: Lobos to finish season against Wyoming

The University of New Mexico Women's Basketball Team (23-5, 13-4 MW) wraps up the season on Thursday at Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit against the Wyoming Cowgirls (20-6, 13-4 MW) at 7 p.m.. The game will feature Senior Night festivities honoring Jaisa Nunn, Nike McClure, Emily Lines and Erica Moore prior to the game. The game will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network hosted by Stadium and heard on the radio at 610 AM. 

The two teams are tied for second place in the conference heading into the game, with the winner securing that second slot and the loser dropping to third heading into the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. Both teams are guaranteed a first round bye, bypassing Sunday's contests. The team that secures the two seed will play the winner of the game between the seven and 10 seeded teams, while the three seed will take on the winner of the game between seeds six and 11. 

Men's Basketball: Lobos post solid win, crushing Rams on the glass

The University of New Mexico men's basketball team has known for a while that its only path to the NCAA Tournament is to win the Mountain West Championship later in the month.

But that doesn't mean the final three regular season games aren't still important — and the Lobos treated Saturday's bout against Colorado State as such, winning 77-65 to improve to 6-10 in conference play and 12-16 overall.

The win puts UNM in a tie with Boise State for 9th in the conference and keeps alive the possibility of climbing higher in the seeding prior to the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.

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