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Emptying the notebook: Odds and ends from Wednesday’s UNM win over Wyoming

Here are a some takeaways, stats, videos and other odds & ends from Wednesday night’s 75-66 UNM Lobos win over the Wyoming Cowboys in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit that maybe didn’t make it in the game story for print:

Dance machine

On Saturday night, at 6:23 p.m. to be precise, Lobos redshirt sophomore Vance Jackson posted a video on Twitter of teammate Antino Jackson dancing in the team’s locker room with the text, “New Year and my brother got the right energy.”

More than 15,000 views on Twitter later, the moves went viral and the Lobos that night blew out San Jose State by 33 points.

Wednesday, Vance Jackson tried his luck again, posting more Antino Jackson (no relation) locker room dance moves before the Wyoming game with the text, “Energyyyyyy!!!!!!!!! Game day Mood”

All that video did was lead to Antino Jackson scoring a Lobo career-high 20 points and lead UNM to its biggest win of the season, a 75-66 over visiting Wyoming despite playing without two of the team’s best scorers.

So, naturally, Antino Jackson’s postgame press conference included questions about the viral dance videos.

“Vance kind of caught me off guard,” he first tried to say. “I didn’t expect any of that to go out.”

Really? Twice he caught you off guard?

OK, so maybe he knew he was being recorded, the senior point guard admitted. But then he said that is truly how he feels lately, and it’s spilling over into the games.

“That’s truly me on the court,” Antino Jackson said. “That energy. That’s what I think I provide. That energy is good. It’s contagious.”

Asked who the best dancer on the team is, he declined to answer but did make it clear it is not senior Joe Furstinger, who happened to be sitting a few feet away at the time.

When Furstinger talked to the press, he acknowledged he may not be a good dancer, but if the Lobos continue building on their current momentum, he may be up for posting some of his moves on social media, too.

Picking the poison

The Wyoming Cowboys have two stars in Justin James and Hayden Dalton. Throw in Alan Herndon, who Paul Weir says is a top-three center in the Mountain West, and UNM had a hell of time trying to figure out how to attack the Cowboys.

What they decided on with their pregame scouting report — assistant Jerome Robinson gets the credit for being the primary scout on the Wyoming win — was to try and wear down Dalton.

“We were really trying to attack that 4 position — the 4 man,” Weir said of Dalton’s spot on the floor. “We were really just trying to go at Dalton any way we could to get him in foul trouble to hopefully get him out of rhythm. That meant Joe (Furstinger), that meant Makuach (Maluach), that potentially meant Dane (Kuiper), trying to attack it. He ended up fouling out, which was good, but we didn’t get enough fouls early on I think to really take them out of the game.”

Dalton ended up with 10 points and eight rebounds on 4-of-10 shooting in 33 minutes and, based on how he erupted in wins over San Diego State and Boise State, the Lobos would be ecstatic about that statline if it weren’t for the other Wyoming star who went off on them.

James scored a career-high 31 points on UNM, who tried pretty much all eight players defending him at different times, none with much success.

“James was obviously incredible,” Weir said. “That’s as good an individual player in our conference that I’ve seen yet as far as his performance tonight.”

Final stat sheet

For those who like to see the good old fashioned paper box score they hand out on press row…

Attendance

The announced attendance for Wednesday night’s game in the Pit: 9,846

That made more than a few Lobo fans on social media groan, but the reality is that number would still be comfortably the third best average home attendance in the league this season.

Up next for the Lobos…

Saturday: UNM at Fresno State, 5 p.m., ESPN3.com, 770 AM/94.5 FM

Postgame press conference video

Here’s my usual, always high-quality handheld iPhone postgame video of Paul Weir’s press conference after the UNM win over Wyoming.

He said it

“I think it’s our best win of the season. I don’t really think there’s much question about that. I think these eight (players), you know there’s a lot that gets said about talent and, shoot, Wyoming probably has two All-Mountain West players. But I think this team is finally starting to buy into and see that you can win with emotion. You can win with passion. You an win with toughness. You can win with work ethic. And the eight guys I have have really embraced that. The guys who aren’t in (that) eight, maybe haven’t quite figured that out yet. But these eight have realized we have to defend, we have to be tough and we have to want it more than who we play. That’s why these guys have gotten two back to back really big wins for us.”
— Lobos head coach Paul Weir

And the others?

Weir said there “was no update right now” for whether suspended guard Troy Simons or injured forward Sam Logwood will play on Saturday at Fresno State.

Both missed their second game in a row on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in Laradise…

How’d the women’s teams do in Laramie, Wyo., on Wednesday night?

Elsewhere in men’s hoops

Just when it looked like Utah State was on the right track and maybe Colorado State wasn’t…

Mountain West scores

Wednesday night’s Mountain West scores:
• Colorado State 84, Utah State 75
• New Mexico 75, Wyoming 66
• UNLV 81, Air Force 76

Tuesday’s scores:
• Boise State 70, Fresno State 64
• San Diego State 85, San Jose State 49

MWC Standings

Here are the MWC men’s hoops standings through Wednesday’s games:

And for those who like following the old +/- standings that give a plus-one for a road win and a minus-1 for a home loss…

Grammer’s Guesses

Man, am I good at this, or what?

The Guesses go 1-2 on Wednesday night while the damn coin from my daughter’s piggy bank continues to embarrass me, going a perfect 3-0 on Wednesday night.

On the season, my guesses against the spread are 11-14. The coin is 15-10.

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