University of New Mexico football freshman safety A.J. Haulcy is receiving both local and national attention after an impressive rookie season. Haulcy was named to the Pro Football Focus' College All-True Freshman team. He is the first Lobo in history to receive that honor and was the only Mountain West player on the team. Haulcy also made the All-Mountain West second team, one of the three freshmen in the conference to do so alongside teammate Christian Washington. Pro Football Focus is a sports analytics company that looks at all different levels of football. It is used by teams at the professional and college level, as well as journalists and fans.
The University of New Mexico men's basketball team hosted the Lobo Classic over the weekend where they played Jacksonville State University, North Dakota State University and Northern Colorado University over three consecutive days from Nov. 25-27. Each team faced each other once in a round-robin tournament. It was the first time The Pit hosted a midseason tournament since the 2007-08 season. The Lobos finished first in the tournament with 3 wins and 0 losses. They advanced to an overall record of 6-0. The last time the Lobos started out 6-0 was the 2012-13 season. Morris Udeze had a great tournament and was named the Lobo Classic MVP. He also made the NCAA all-tournament team.
The University of New Mexico football team lost to the San Diego State University Aztecs 34-10 at their final home game on Friday, Nov. 18. It was also senior night for the Lobos which gave fans a chance to say goodbye to the team's 12 seniors. It was the second coldest home game in Lobo football history: at kickoff, it was 30 degrees. The coldest home game in history was against Brigham Young University in November 1976. UNM is on an eight-game losing streak that started back in September. The Lobos now have a 2-9 overall record and have yet to win a conference game.
The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost to the Boise State University Broncos 3-2 in the final regular season game of the year at home on Saturday, Nov. 19. Before the match, UNM head coach Jon Newman-Gonchar honored both Lobo and Bronco seniors with flowers, and the fans gave Lobo seniors — Alena Moldan, Avital Jaloba, and Anilee Sher — a standing ovation. UNM clinched a spot in the Mountain West conference tournament with their win over Utah State University on Thursday, Nov. 17. Uxue Guereca led the team in kills with 18. Kaitlynn Biassou had 12 kills and tied with Jaloba for most blocks with 8. For the Broncos, both Paige Bartsch and Lauren Ohlinger had excellent scoring with each having 21 points.
The University of New Mexico men's basketball team played the University of South Alabama Jaguars on Friday, Nov. 11, coming out victorious 80-74 in a game that went down to the wire. Jaelen House and Morris Udeze both scored 21 points. Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 16 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer off a pass from Josiah Allick; Allick almost had a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Lobos defeated the University of Houston Cougars 68-61 on Saturday, Nov. 12. Going into the game, the Lobos looked to bounce back from their 76-68 loss against Southern Utah University. UNM lost to Houston last season 89-60, in that game the Lobos had an abysmal 34 turnovers which led to 21 fastbreak points for the Cougars. A key to winning this game would be taking care of the basketball: the Lobos ended up with 24 turnovers, which nearly cost them the game, but they held on for the win.
The University of New Mexico men's basketball team defeated the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds for their season opener on Monday, Nov. 7. The Thunderbirds play in the Western Athletic Conference; they finished the 2021-22 season with an overall record of 23-12. Tevian Jones led them in scoring with an impressive 28 points and timely scoring which kept them in the game. The Lobo backcourt had an amazing scoring performance with Jamal Mashburn Jr. and Jaelen House earning 24 and 23 points, respectively. House also had six steals and seven assists. Morris Udeze had 14 points, making 7 of his 11 shots.
Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard was reelected as New Mexico's commissioner of public lands. Garcia Richard was up against Republican Jefferson Bryd and Independent write-in Larry Marker. Garcia Richard was the first woman to hold the position and oversaw the growth of the budget during her last term, acording to Garcia Richard’s website. She pushed for the use of solar and wind for energy, and she has served in the New Mexico House of Representatives for District 43, before becoming the public lands commissioner. At the Democratic watch party in Albuquerque, Garcia Richard addressed the crowd before her race was called. She spoke about the public lands office's achievements and her excitement for Democrats in the state.
The University of New Mexico Lobos faced the San José State Spartans in the Mountain West Conference semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The score ended in 0-0 after overtime, with the Lobos eventually losing in a shootout 4-2. The Lobos had been the reigning conference champions for the past two seasons. While losing in a shootout is a disappointing way to end the season, the Lobos did play well in their last game; there were multiple shots where mere inches would have completely changed the outcome of the match.
The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team defeated the Colorado State University Pueblo Thunderwolves 85-52 in their exhibition match on Saturday, Oct. 29. The team looked strong with their new lineup that looks to fix some of the issues that plagued them last season. Jaelen House led the Lobos in scoring with 20 points; he also had three assists along with a steal and only played for 16 minutes. Jamal Mashburn Jr. got the team off to a hot start and set the tone for the game; he had 11 points.