New Mexico Lobos Are Best Team In The Mountain West Conference

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New Mexico Lobo guard Hugh Greenwood had quite the night versus the Boise State Broncos despite the flu, as his team pulled out the overtime thriller. After missing the shoot-around, walk-through and dinner with his teammates, Greenwood gave the Lobos a 15 points and 7 rebounds effort on Wednesday night.

More importantly the Lobos are 3-0 in the MVC for the first time in school history, and the team to beat in the conference.

Greenwood put up a layup with :54 seconds left in regulation, prior to sinking a pair of key shots in overtime to led the team to their 16th win this season–needless to say, without Greenwood, the Broncos more than likely would have come out with the conference victory over the Broncos.

Lobos guard Tony Snell’s 22 points on seven of 12 shooting was a perfect example of what the Lobos need moving forward, the more agressive Snell plays the better. Greenwood and Snell showed leadership in overtime as they accounted for nine of the Lobos 16 overtime points. This leadership will loom large as the competition becomes stiffer in the later months.

There was plenty of aggression from a Broncos team that thrived off of its home crowd, as Derrick Marks poured in 27 points and big man Ryan Watkins snagged 10 rebounds from the Lobo’s front-court. Marks and Watkins have been brighspots for the Broncos but, need to play better down the stetch to keep the title of the conferences best team.

The Broncos will regret dropping such a crucial conference game when tournament time comes around, as these two will be competing the entire season for the MVC conference title.

Jan. 26th will be a big day for UNM as they will travel to 14th ranked San Diego State who has been playing excellent basketball for the last three seasons. Nonetheless, the Lobos turned plenty of heads in this overtime thriller and are the scariest team in the MVC–I expect their 19th ranking to skyrocket in the weeks to come.

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