The men’s basketball team defeated University of Texas at Arlington 82-80 on Thursday, Nov. 16. The Lobos beat the Mavericks at home with a Donovan Dent buzzer-beater to go to 2-1 on the season. UT Arlington now stands at 2-1. Jamal Mashburn Jr. scored 29 total points, shooting 9-23 from the field. He found himself at the charity stripe often with 13 attempts and nine makes. He shot half of the Lobos’ total free throws. Along with a layup buzzer-beater, Dent had a career-high 25 points along with five assists, two steals and a block.
The University of New Mexico men’s cross country team finished third at the Mountain Region Championships on Nov. 10 to qualify for the NCAA Championship. The women’s team finished seventh. In his first collegiate 10K, Habtom Samuel won the Mountain Region individual championship with a time of 28:57.6. Samuel, along with Evans Kiplagat and Lukas Kiprop, all finished within the top four to receive All-Region honors. “We’re fearless. We’ve got … seven incredible athletes. They’re all running really well but three will look to be All-Americans,” Darren Gauson said — UNM’s head coach.
The University of New Mexico’s men’s cross country team took the Mountain West Championship title on Oct. 27 while in Boise. The women’s team took fourth in the MW Championship race. Habtom Samuel along with Evans Kiplagat and Lukas Kiprop all finished in 1-2-3 order crossing the line within 30 seconds of each other. This is the first time that the men’s team has won the conference title since 2014.
The University of New Mexico has added seven new players to the men’s basketball roster this year, alongside a contract extension to men’s basketball Head Coach Richard Pitino until the 2027-28 season. Pitino has helped the Lobos achieve a 20-win season last year – the best since 2014 – and a postseason appearance. Last year, the Lobos finished with a 8-10 record within the Mountain West conference, making it two games in the MW Tournament before losing to Utah State. UNM has signed three guards, three forwards and one center. This leaves half of the roster remaining from last season.
Seven players from the Isotopes have made their Major League Baseball debut this year and have been called up for a current active roster position on the Colorado Rockies. The list includes former Isotopes players, Evan Justice, Karl Kauffmann, Riley Pint, Victor Vodnik, Julio Carreras, Hunter Goodman and Brenton Doyle. Justice, Kauffmann, Pint and Vodnick are all rookie pitchers for the Rockies. Carreras plays third base, Goodman plays first and Doyle is a center fielder.
University of New Mexico Cross Country runners Nicola Jansen and Habtom Samuel are both named Mountain West Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, Sept. 26 after their performance at the Roy Griak Invitational. Jansen earned the title of Women’s Athlete of the Week and Samuel received the honor of Men’s Athlete of the Week, NCAA Runner of the Week and Freshman of the Week. This is the first time that UNM athletes have won both the MW Men’s and Women’s Athlete of the Week award since 2014.