The Lobo Men’s Basketball team was on the road Tuesday night (11/15) as they traveled to Dallas, Texas to take on the Mustangs of SMU. This was UNM’s first away game of the 2022-23 season, and they could not have had a better outing.
UNM defeated SMU by 21 points, after impressive outings from several players. Fellow ‘Bigs’, Morris Udeze & Josiah Allick , both flirted with Double-Doubles; Each was fantastic in the paint area and on the glass, as they both scored at will and collected boards through traffic. The back court duo of Jaelen House & Jamal Mashburn Jr was solid once again as they got to their spots and made plays all night.
The experience the Lobos possess, payed dividends, as they seemed to be a step ahead of SMU most of the game – The Mustangs only have one returning starter from last season – While the Lobos returned three starters and added two senior transfers.
Defensively, UNM did a great job of hedging ball screens, making it difficult for SMU to get good looks and into their desired sets; The relentless pressure they played with forced 15 SMU turnovers leading to 20 UNM points. The Lobos held SMU to just 36% shooting from the field (23-64FG) and did not let them control the glass. An area that has troubled UNM in the past.
If the Lobos can continue to get all-around contributions, play tenacious defense in terms of forcing turnovers, and hold their own on the boards, they should and will be competitive in every game going forward.
NEXT UP: The Rio Grande Rivalry, UNM (3-0) vs NM State (1-1) on Saturday 11/19 at 5:00pm MT from “The Pit” in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
UNM ‘Bigs’ dominate 1st Half
Coming into the contest, the ability to control the paint and glass was something to watch for UNM, could they matchup and be successful * See preview article https://ourteam.com/2022/11/mbb-unm-smu-preview/ * In the 1st Half, that question was answered.
Josiah Allick – 12 pts (5-6FG) 5Reb | Morris Udeze – 9 pts (3-6FG) 8Reb : Both have tremendous footwork down on the block and good patience. Hardly ever losing balance and holding ground when bumping inside. Allick & Udeze, each do a good job of sealing deep post position and like to utilize a drop step.
Solid Bench Play
Senior Captain KJ Jenkins, was excellent for Coach Pitino and UNM as he had 8 points & 4 assists off the bench in 19 minutes of action. Jenkins plays within the system and takes what the defense gives him. On one particular play, KJ delivered a sweet, one handed, left handed wrap around bounce pass to Udeze off a pick’n’roll that ended in a dunk!
True Freshmen Donovan Dent, saw 20 minutes of action and collected 7 assists, thanks to some nice dimes to cutting and rolling teammates. UNM finished with 21 assists as a team.
Braden scores first collegiate points
Braden Appelhans saw the floor tonight for UNM & Scored his first bucket of his Lobo career – A top of the key 3ball – Braden played 5 minutes total finishing with a stat line of: 3 points on 1-2 FGs, 1 Rebound, 1 foul and 1 turnover