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Emptying the notebook: Odds and ends from Wednesday’s UNM loss at Boise State

Here are a few takeaways, some stats and a couple other odds and ends from Wednesday night’s blowout in Boise (Boise State beat UNM, 90-62) that maybe didn’t make it into print:

Oh, Troy

It’s been visibly apparent UNM junior guard Troy Simons hasn’t been in a good place the past couple weeks.

At the Air Force game last week, the guard was seen sitting behind the team bench in the second half and pacing up and down the ramp in frustration. He’s also been showing the frustration in practices the Journal has attended.

Wednesday night in Boise, Idaho, for the second time this season, he received two technical fouls and was ejected, which could lead to the Mountain West Conference digging into its sportsmanship bylaws and doling out punishment, or at the very least a memo sent to UNM that enough is enough.

Asked by the Journal after the game (the full video of the press game interview with the Journal is posted below) what exactly happened with his player that warranted the two technicals called, Lobos head coach Paul Weir passed for now on an explanation until he gets more information.

“I don’t know,” Weir said. “I got two different things from him and from the official. I’ll figure it out here after the game.”

Simons was also ejected after a pair of technicals were called on him and more visible frustration on the court was apparent in the Nov. 17 loss at New Mexico State.

As stated in the game story in Thursday’s Journal, and online here, Weir said he didn’t want to say Simons’ frustrations were symbolic of a team that was frustrated.

“I think it’s hard to extrapolate one little thing like that,” Weir said. “For him? For sure. Unfortunately he’s just had a real rough go here these past few weeks, on the court and off the court as well. I think it’s symbolic of where his head’s at. I don’t know it’s necessarily everybody.”

A tweet to sum it up

This tweet came at halftime, but considering that after the game, Weir was saying it was clear Boise State just played much harder than his Lobos, this tweet from a Lobo fan probably summed up how UNM fans, players, coaches, etc., felt on Wednesday…

Hutchison’s quiet huge game

Most night’s a 17-point, 10 rebound, three assists, two steal statline is headline worthy.

For preseason MWC Player of the Year and reigning MWC Player of the Week Chandler Hutchison (no, “N” in the middle of that last name!), his dominance on Wednesday was almost quiet, which is odd considering he’s the most talked about player in the league this season and was even the subject of my preview article in Wednesday’s Journal.

His big game Wednesday, and really all season, Weir said, was because of his teammates.

“He’s really good, but I think part of the reason and what makes him so good is his supporting cast,” Weir said. “I think those guys, all (of them) sort of get very undersold. You could see it tonight. The depth of their team, the balance of their team, they can score from so many different areas and in so many different ways. Hutchison is, obviously, an amazing player and has shown it and will continue to show it. But part of what makes him o good is the supporting cast he has around him. I think those guys showed that tonight. It’s a very good team — very balanced, good depth and they played very well.”

Of course, there was nothing quiet about this dunk that made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the night:

Fursty’s streak is over

Joe Furstinger had 15 points and six rebounds on Wednesday night. That brings to an end his improbable streak of four-consecutive double-doubles that followed 95 games to open his UNM career without one.

Final stats

They must like the Lobos

The announced attendance of 7,557 in Taco Bell Arena on Wednesday night was the largest home crowd of the season for Boise State. That comes four days after UNM was the visitor at Nevada’s largest home crowd of the season at Reno’s Lawlor Events Center.

Up next for the Lobos

Saturday: San Jose State at New Mexico, 7 p.m.,, 770 AM/94.5 FM

UNM hasn’t won outside of Dreamstyle Arena this season, so going home is good news. The fact it’s against an 0-3 team is also good news.

Schedule watch

If you’re looking for a cherry and silver lining for the Lobos 1-2 start to league play, it’s this. They have the easiest schedule remaining in the Mountain West, and it isn’t particularly close. UNM has already played road games at the two clear favorites in the league (Nevada and Boise State) and, due to the unbalanced 18 game schedule, won’t get a return trip by defending champion Nevada playing in Albuquerque this season and won’t play a road game at 3rd place San Diego State’s Viejas Arena this season, still one of the toughest venues to play in the MWC.

Squirrel stuff

As I was walking around Boise on Wednesday before the game, I came across this little guy, who I tweeted was clearly on his way to the game later that night…

Well, as it turns out, our little squirrel friend didn’t make it to Taco Bell Arena, but apparently got to another Mountain West hoops game in time to cause some mischief. There was a campus-wide power outage that delayed the start of UNLV at San Jose State.

Mountain West scores

There were four games in the Mountain West on Wednesday night:
• Boise State 90, New Mexico 62
• Utah State 81, Fresno State 79 (OT)
• Nevada 92, Wyoming 83
• UNLV 82, San Jose State 76 (OT)

Tuesday’s game:
• San Diego State 77, Colorado State 68

Mountain standings

Grammer’s Guesses

Man, I’m good at this… the Guesses go 1-3 against the spread on Wednesday night. That brings the season record for picking Mountain West games against the point spread to 78.

But have no fear, the coin from my daughter’s piggy bank went 3-1 on Wednesday and leads me on the season now, 9-6.

At least it was a nice day

It was cold, but still a nice day in Boise, even before the ugliness that ensued in Taco Bell Arena on Wednesday night.

Postgame interview

This video, as always, is also posted after every game on the game story online and on the Journal’s Facebook page.

Until next time…

Empty arena pic time…

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