The Lobos started 112, with both losses to New Mexico State in close, exciting games. They were ranked in the top ten for much of the 196768 season, peaking at #4, and they were in the top 20 most of the following season. Long averaged 23.9 points a game both his junior and senior seasons, earning all-WAC honors both seasons and all-American recognition in 1971. The Lobo basketball programs were established in 1899, but began its first competitive teams in 1903 and 1906, respectively. by Frank Mercogliano.  Bairstow was named second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. The team had relied heavily on its starters and was worn down with fatigue and injuries.  Discipline trouble and player defections continued into the off-season. They rode the momentum into the WAC tournament championship game and beat the Utes behind a dominant 30-point, 17-rebound performance by Thomas, earning their tenth straight win and a berth in the NCAA tournament. , Bliss inherited a strong nucleus of senior Charlie Thomas, junior Darrell McGee, and sophomores Luc Longley and Rob Robbins. Giddens led the MWC in rebounding and was among the league leaders in numerous other categories. , Attendance at Lobo games in The Pit has consistently been among the national leaders in college basketball, averaging over 15,400 fans per game since it opened. Colson said the popularity and continued presence of Ellenberger during his early years were unnerving and that he sometimes felt in competition with the former coach. Everybody knows that's not a great basketball play, but for us it was terrific.  In 2003, he was forced to resign from Baylor embroiled in an ugly scandal that would end his college coaching career. In 1999, Sports Illustrated ranked The Pit as one of the Top 20 Sporting Venues of the 20th Century. They lost to St. Louis in the semi-finals, then in overtime to Penn State in the consolation game to finish the season 2014. They went 7414 (.841) from 1967 to 1970, including a 273 season in 196970 in which they were ranked in the top five most of the year, culminating in a Final Four appearance. Longley finished with 1,729 points, 922 rebounds, and 336 blocks. They went on to lose in the first round in the Mountain West Championship against Nevada.  The team finished 1614 after another blowout loss at Minnesota in the NIT. By contrast, Marvin "Automatic" Johnson was one of the greatest scorers in Lobo history. , The rise of the program continued in the 196465 season, led by sophomores Mel Daniels and Ben Monroe. 197374 New Mexico Lobos Roster and Stats. Scott is the Lobo career leader in FG percentage, at .622 (198285).  Smith was chosen by the Miami Heat with the 26th pick in the first round of the 1997 NBA draft, playing five seasons in the NBA and several more in Europe. It was phased out during the '90s but has since become the signature cheer for Lobo fans.  Scott was lost to graduation, Greene sat out the season injured, and the inexperienced team struggled badly on the road. The Lobos got to 21-9 Tuesday by defeating.  Thomas was named second-team All-American, and he and Shields were both All-WAC. Because the playing surface is 37 feet below grade, students nicknamed the arena "The Pit," and the nickname stuck.  The Lobos were 213 and back at #11 when they lost at #19 TCU, at #5 Utah, and had a team record 41-game home-winning streak ended by BYU. " Many fans were disappointed and outraged when Roberts was dismissed by KKOB in 2008. They then won 12 of 13, including a win over #6 San Diego State to knot the MWC race, but they lost the title showdown at SDSU after squandering a large lead. Fran Fraschilla coached at New Mexico for three seasons, compiling a 5541 (.572) record with three NIT appearances.  They spent about half of the 196667 season in the top six nationally, reaching #3, their highest ranking ever. Gordon became a dominating inside presence in 201112, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds, registering 19 double-doubles, and setting the Lobo season record for rebounds.  The Lobos heated up in the MWC tournament, reaching the final but losing on a missed shot at the end of the game. Former New Mexico Lobo men's basketball standout Rob Robbins, left, and his daughter, Hannah, a rising star on the Arizona prep scene, are shown. In December 2014, Albuquerque-based restaurant chain WisePies Pizza & Salad purchased the naming rights for the arena, whose official name became "WisePies Arena (aka The Pit)". McAfee signed with Weatherford College in Texas before transferring for one year with the University of Louisiana Rajun Cajuns in the 2020-2021 season. UNM lost in the Mountain West Championship quarterfinals to Utah State. The Lobos stood at 72 after losing to #10 Syracuse, then rattled off 14 straight wins, including a home-and-away sweep of #9 UNLV, pushing them into the national rankings and eventually into the top ten.  The Lobos finished the season 277, Neal tallying the most wins ever for a first-year Lobo coach.  Brown averaged 19.3 points a game, scoring over 30 four times, often in pivotal games, with a season-best 42; junior Marlow White averaged 17, senior Notch Neves 13, and promising freshman Charles Smith added over ten a game. Road struggles slowed them, however, and despite another strong finish they ended up a game out of the lead.  Brown also won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the nation's top senior under six feet tall and gained an All-American Honorable Mention. Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet. The Lobos lost Daniels and Monroe to graduation and were picked in the 196768 preseason to finish last in the WAC.  Jim Boeheim, Lute Olson, and Steve Fisher have praised Lobo fans and the exciting atmosphere coaching at The Pit. They began their WAC schedule with losses at Utah and BYU but rebounded to win eight of their next nine. They got into foul trouble and could not stop George Washington's strong inside game, falling in an upset and finishing the season 247. 25The Sweet 16 thus far remains elusive to Lobo basketball.  The Lobos won as many games in his first two seasons as in the previous seven combined and went 11644 (.725) over his first six seasons.  Martinez was honored as an Academic All-American and received the NCAA Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award for outstanding character, leadership, integrity, and talent.. They went to the NIT and beat South Florida before losing at eventual champion Wake Forest, finishing 1814.  Noise levels up to 125 decibels have been measured, close to the pain threshold for the human ear.  Six players were dismissed from the team in the opening weeks of the 197980 season, and another was suspended.  He was joined by UCLA transfer Drew Gordon, who averaged 13 points and 10.5 rebounds, and the program's most successful freshman class to date, including starter Kendall Williams who scored 12 points a game. Virginia scored the last eight points of the game to take the lead, and the Lobos missed three shots at tying the game in the last 12 seconds, finishing the season at 238. Alford was again named MWC Coach of the Year, and Gary was All-MWC. , An early objective for Alford was to change the culture of the program regarding discipline and academic focus. Former Lobo men's basketball teammate George Scott recalls watching that game-winning dunk by 6-foot-1 Kelvin Scarborough over 6-8 Pat Durham: "Scar caught the ball at the opposite free throw. Rebecca Lobo is an American television basketball analyst and former women's basketball player in the WNBA from 1997 to 2003. Utah would go on to reach the Final Four and lose to Kentucky in the national championship game. ", coupled with a hand gesture emulating a wolf.  They then faced six-seed Louisville in a closely contested game that went down to the final play.  Human mascots, dubbed "Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy", members of the cheerleading squad, roam The Pit during games rousing and entertaining fans. March 1, 2003. Page was the only consistent offensive threat on the team, averaging 28 points a game, still the Lobo record for best season average. , At the start of each half during Lobo games at The Pit, fans continue to stand and clap their hands until both teams score a basket, adding pressure on teams that struggle to score for long stretches. , In 198788 the Lobos were led by Charlie Thomas, a junior transfer from Wake Forest (17 points and 7.5 rebounds a game), and senior Greene (16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds). , Steve Alford coached the Lobos for six seasons, compiling a 15552 (.749) record with three NCAA tournament appearances, at least a share of four league titles, and two conference tournament championships. Gordon had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Williams added 16 with two late baskets to seal the win.  The young Lobo squad jumped out to a 100 start and a #25 ranking before losing a pair of league road games. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Former University of New Mexico point guard Kelvin Scarborough has died.  The Lobos started 111, losing at Texas Tech but beating #11 Arizona and rising to #11 themselves.  Robbins finished his career with the Lobo record for best career free throw percentage, third best three-point shooting percentage, and second most minutes played, having started all 133 games of his career. The Lobos shot their best field goal percentage in a season, .542, placing them second in the nation, and McGee established the still-standing record for assists in a season.  A decorated veteran who served in World Wars I and II, he was the UNM athletic director from 1920 to 1949. The Lobos returned to the NIT, losing to eventual champion Virginia Tech and finishing 216. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Former Lobo basketball player and now Australian Rules Football player, Hugh Greenwood started his first season with the Gold Coast Suns this past year, and with the .  He was dismissed from the team. Former New Mexico Players Who Played In The NBA * Including anyone currently in the NBA; NBA career stats since the 1946-1947 season. 1Perfection really is the enemy of the good.  McGee capped his career with Lobo records for most games played and most career assists.  Luxury suites and club seats were added, along with digital video boards, expanded concourses, additional restrooms and concession stands, and upgraded training facilities, while preserving the historic character of the building.  He was named MWC Player of the Year and finished his career as the fifth leading scorer in Lobo history. Under Norm Ellenberger, the Lobos won WAC championships in 1974 and 1978 and compiled an overall record of 13462 (.684). , On April 1, 2017, Neal was dismissed as head coach after compiling a record of 7652 (.594).. The team began the season 83 but struggled away from The Pit, losing its first seven road games. The Lobos remained in the WAC race late in the season, but road struggles relegated them to third place and a 1911 final record. Smith led in scoring for the third straight season, averaging 17.5 a game, while Shields scored 15.5, and Thomas added 14 points and seven rebounds a game. Shields scored 1,837 points. PF-Kenny Thomas. At 259 in a strong WAC, Lobo fans retained hope that New Mexico would gain an at-large berth to the tournament. Fraschilla resigned shortly after the season, concluding that "it was best for everyone that I leave.".  Senior Cameron Bairstow had a breakout season, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds a game, achieving one of the best single-season improvements in school history.  The Lobos won 165 games with Johnson as head basketball coach, a school record for over 30 years and currently third on its all-time list. Former New Mexico Players Currently In The NBA * NBA stats from the 2022-2023 season.  The Lobos scored over eighty points a game and set the team record for most total points in a season.  He had left St. John's under murky circumstances, however, and worked as a broadcaster and scout during the preceding season. The Lobos had only two winning seasons from 1947 to 1962, compiling a 113252 (.310) record, including a dismal 42149 (.220) during the last eight years. The Lobos started out 8-6 in the non-conference, including a win against in-state rival New Mexico State where the game was delayed due to a power outage at Pan American Center.  He finished with career averages of 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, and his 23 double-doubles in 196970 still stands as the Lobo season record. The 2013 Howl drew over 10,000 fans and featured the introduction of new coach Craig Neal, who entered the arena on his motorcycle. Colson inherited a program under NCAA sanctions, with only three players remaining on scholarship.  The callow Lobo squad led for much of the game, encouraged by a delirious crowd at The Pit.  The #21 Lobos received a five-seed in the NCAA tournament facing Long Beach State. Former players have joined forces and are in town for TBT, and they met up with this year's squad for a dinner. The day before the NCAA tournament began, UNM announced a 10-year contract extension with Alford; 10 days later, he resigned to take the head coaching position at UCLA. Because his best play is to dribble down the court and shoot it.  Thomas was named All-WAC for the third time and finished his career as the second leading scorer and top rebounder in Lobo history.  Senior Tony Danridge led the unit with 15 points a game, though they again relied on balance and teamwork. Media Guide 201314, pp.7576,79. Neal inherited four returning starters for the 201314 season, joining seven newcomers. 2-Rob Robbins.  A grim year for the program began with a severe spinal cord injury to guard Senque Carey, who would recover fully but never play again. Starting center Greg "Stretch" Howard was ineligible due to an NCAA rule disallowing transfers to play in postseason games; without his 14 points and 10 rebounds a game, the Lobos' balanced attack withered, and Nelson was their only consistent offense. Thomas had 15 points and eight rebounds, sealing the win with a pair of late free throws, while Long added 14 points and nine boards.  Smith led with 16 points and seven rebounds in his final game as a Lobo. Ellenberger was named head coach in March 1972 after serving as an assistant under King since 1967. He was selected as the 30th pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft by Boston. Feb. 28Whatever happens next week in Las Vegas at the Mountain West Tournament and beyond, Lobo seniors Morris Udeze and Jaelen House made sure the final regular season impression their fans would have of them in the Pit would be a memorable one. The 2019-2020 started promising for the Lobos.  The damage to the program was devastating, as it was forced to rebuild virtually from scratch, beginning in mid-season. Fraschilla inherited three returning starters, but the team was clearly heading into a rebuilding period after losing Thomas. King transformed a moribund program into a consistent winner and produced future ABA MVP Mel Daniels. The Lobos finished the season 285, their highest season win total and winning percentage to date. Thomas tallied 1,158 points and 529 rebounds in his career and ranks third in career field goal percentage.  The WAC had expanded to 16 teams in the off-season, and eight WAC teams won at least 20 games. Like Petie Gibson, Scarborough became a long-time coach in Albuquerque, at.  The team was led by the strong inside scoring and rebounding of Darryl Minniefield, Bernard Hardin, and Mark Saiers. The inconsistent squad started 55 but then stunned 21-point favorite, #2 Arizona in Tucson, the highest ranked opponent the Lobos had beaten on the road since 1966. King suffered a heart attack and brain aneurysm shortly before Bird's senior season, however, and his assistant, Bill Hodges, led the team to the 1979 Final Four, where they lost to Michigan State in the championship game. Lobo's senior year saw her secure the Wade trophy, Naismith Award, and several Player of the Year honors all while leading the Huskies to an undefeated season and the 1995 NCAA national championship.  The building facade was also transformed, adding extensive glasswork and a steel superstructure. The Lobos attained their first national ranking in the 196465 season, reaching #10 in the AP poll. Johnson coached the UNM basketball team for all but two seasons from 1920 to 1940. The Lobos broke open a close game in the second half with a 267 run.  The Lobos went to the NIT and beat UTEP before losing at Alabama, finishing 2213.  The upgrade reduced seating capacity to 15,411, trading some seating for greater comfort and amenities. The 196869 season began with high expectations and the Lobos ranked in the top ten, but they dropped out after a string of road losses. Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin (born October 6, 1973) is an American television basketball analyst and former women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003.  Bridgers had been replaced as AD the year before by John Koenig, who did not believe Colson could take the Lobos to the next level. Attendance doubled, Johnson Gym was soon selling out, and plans for a larger arena began to be developed. The Lobos, Aggies, and Miners played one another twice every season, home-and-away, and a fierce rivalry grew among them. The following table summarizes the records and accomplishments of the coaches before Bob King.  The team slipped to 65 before winning eight out of nine, gaining a share of the WAC lead.  Instead, they started the season 170, rising to #6 before beating #5Utah in the Pit, propelling the Lobos to #4. 197374 Western Athletic Conference season Summary, Johnson had established the school record at 46 points earlier in the season before his 50-point performance, which broke the WAC conference single-game record and earned him the. The tournament upset and departures were disheartening blows for Lobo fans.  The noise level of the boisterous fans, the intimacy created by seating extending to the edge of the court, and the elevation contribute to what Coach Dave Bliss termed "a Pit game. They went to the NIT and beat Bliss-led Baylor and Pepperdine in The Pit before losing at Memphis to finish 2113.  Basketball was primarily an intramural sport, with occasional games against other schools, including Albuquerque High School, and no regular schedule. Mar.  In the end, fans wanted more than Colson had managed to achieve, and despite the respect he had earned for rebuilding the program, the disappointment of failing to reach the NCAA tournament fueled support for a change.  In 1928 Coach Roy Johnson organized construction of Carlisle Gymnasium, seating about 1,500 spectators with later additions doubling that figure, and in 1957 Johnson Gymnasium opened, with a capacity of 7,800. King had an immediate impact on the program.  Johnson arrived in 1920 after a successful athletic career at the University of Michigan.  Despite the struggles of the team, attendance at The Pit actually improved in Colson's early years, remaining in the top four nationally.. SF-Mike Winters. Giddens was named MWC Co-Player of the Year and received an AP All-American Honorable Mention.  Nevertheless, they have won at least one game in six of their last nine appearances. In 1920 a head coach would be hired, Roy W. Johnson. They languished to a 1018 finish, the first losing season for the Lobos in twenty years.  Harrison and his players gained fan appreciation for persevering under difficult circumstances, but he served primarily as a caretaker until a new head coach was named. Thomas tallied 1,931 points and 1,032 rebounds in his career, the first player in WAC history with over 1,800 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 200 blocked shots. The Lobos won the conference basketball championship in 1944 and 1945, seasons with shortened schedules due to World War II. Media Guide 201314, pp.67,87. The New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team represents the University of New Mexico, competing in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in NCAA Division I. Bliss had won 246 games as Lobo head coach and reached the NCAA tournament seven times, both school records.  After several coaches were discussed as candidates, some turning down offers, McKay was hired in a late night surprise and was not a popular choice among Lobo fans. The plucky squad lacked depth, but its veterans found ways to win, building a 164 record. It was also later revealed that UNM basketball players were also at the party after a 22 point loss to Nevada, after they had taken a charter flight that night. They then lost three league road games and fell to third in a tight WAC race. Snell paced the offense down the stretch, averaging 18 points a game and leading the Lobos to the MWC tournament championship.  For many years, Johnson Gym was the most prominent feature of the UNM campus for those driving along Central Avenue in Albuquerque, part of historic U.S. Route 66.  Banks was named All-WAC and finished as Lobo career leader (now second) in three-point percentage. 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