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Emptying the notebook: Weir’s mixed emotions, other odds and ends from UNM’s win over UNLV

Here are some extra thoughts, quotes, tweets and stats that didn’t make it into the Journal’s print edition after Sunday’s 91-90 Lobos win over UNLV:

Winning is nice, except when it’s not

Sunday made it 2-0 for Paul Weir’s UNM Lobos this season against the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, coached by Marvin Menzies, Weir’s friend and former boss for nine seasons at New Mexico State University.

Asked after the game how he felt having beat Menzies twice now, Weir made clear, there was little personal joy on Sunday.

“Not great to be honest with you,” Weir said. “Winning’s more of a relief than anything. It’s a sad part of this profession and maybe my personality, but winning doesn’t bring me a ton of joy. I’m actually really happy for them (the Lobo players) that they get to win, but I don’t necessarily feel it. After the last game at Vegas, I was really happy for my team because we really needed that win at that time. But I didn’t feel good for the other locker room and Marvin. He’s meant a lot to me and my life and my family and I wish him absolutely nothing but the best. So, I don’t feel great about that part of it at all. That’s not something I’m excited about at all.”

Menzies’ Rebels fell to 19-10 overall on Sunday and 8-8 in the Mountain West in his second season after they finished last in the league in his first season. UNLV is in 7th place in the league standings heading into the final week of the season.

For UNM, in Weir’s first season coaching the Lobos, the team is 15-14 overall but now 10-6 in league play and tied with Fresno State for third in the standings (those two teams play each other Saturday in Dreamstyle Arena).

Menzies, like Weir, had nothing but positive thoughts for Weir on Sunday.

“I’m really proud of my guy Paul. He’s done a fantastic job here in a short amount of time,” Menzies said. “He had some returners some good guys that came back and sprinkled in a few new guys.  They’re playing hard and are really doing a good job.”

Later in his brief postgame interview before the team took its charter flight back to Las Vegas, Menzies was asked about the job Weir is doing this season.

“I love it,” Menzies said. “He is the man. They hired the right guy. He’s my guy. I’m happy for him and his family.”

I wrote this in November about the friendship the two have after speaking with both at the Mountain West Conference preseason media conference:

Fashion statement

OK, so the Lobos have now won two in a row when Weir wears a tie, so maybe that fashion superstition is burnt up.

But how about that red sweater? Weir has donned it twice and UNM is now 2-0 when he wears a red sweater.

So why did he wear it?

“I’ve lost like 20 pounds this season and, to be honest, I don’t have any suits that fit me right now,” Weir said.

Game story

Here’s a look at the gamer written after Sunday’s game that also appeared in Monday’s print edition:

Plus/minus stats

As always, the plus/minus stats for a one-game sample can sometimes be deceiving.

Then again, they are what they are. That’s a reflection of how a team’s scoring margin changed — up or down — while a specific player was on the court.

On Sunday, in UNM’s win over UNLV, freshman Makuach Maluach led the way at plus-16 in his 20 minutes on the court. That’s not bad in a game decided by 1 point.

Here are the Lobos’ plus/minus stats for the game:

+16 Maluach
+15 McNeal
0 Simons
0 Mathis
-1 Furstinger
-2 Kuiper
-4 Pinchuk
-9 Logwood
-14 Jackson

Attendance

The announced attendance for Sunday’s UNLV at UNM game in Dreamstyle Arena was: 12,080

To go ahead…

Freshmen aren’t supposed to be this calm, but Makuach Maluach puts the Lobos up 91-90 with a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in the game.

Holding on for the win…

Yes. The Rebels player was fouled at the end. Lobo fans who remember Troy Simons getting undercut on a rebound attempt at the end of the Boise State loss on Feb. 6 probably feel the pain of Rebels’ fans… and have no sympathy.

UNLV’s buzzer beater at halftime

Heckuva drawn up play here by Marvin Menzies with 3 seconds to go for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels to end the first half.

Faces in the crowd

Former NMSU Aggie Ian Baker, who played for both Marvin Menzies and Paul Weir, was at Sunday’s game in the Pit, as was Sam Donaldson, of course.

Final stat sheet

Here you go, paper stat sheet lovers:

Postgame press conference video

Here is the video I recorded of Weir’s postgame press conference, posted to the Journal’s Facebook page:

Meanwhile, in Reno…

The Nevada Wolf Pack beat CSU on Sunday and earned at least a share of the Mountain West title, the program’s second in as many seasons.

So, naturally, head coach Eric Musselman took his shirt off to celebrate.

Mountain West scores

There were two games on the Mountain West schedule on Sunday:
• New Mexico 91, UNLV 90
• Nevada 92, Colorado State 83

Saturday’s three games:
• Air Force 75, Utah State 65
• Wyoming 78, Fresno State 68
• San Diego State 71, San Jose State 59

Mountain West standings

Entering the last week of the Mountain West season, here are the standings (remember the top five teams get a bye into the MWC Tournament quarterfinals):

Want some pics?

Journal photograper Adolphe Pierre-Louis posted a photo gallery for Sunday’s game here: CLICK HERE

Grammer’s Guesses

The Guesses went 1-1 on Sunday, but so did the coin my daughter flips to pick every game.

So, yes. Heading into the final week of the Mountain West’s regular season, the coin from my daughter’s piggy bank is now 51-34-3 picking games against the Vegas point spread this season. I am doing well, actually, at 48-37-3, just not when compared to that damn coin!

Until next time…

Before he would leave the court Sunday, he had to kiss babies, shake hands and pose for pictures in the stands like he was running for mayor. It took awhile.

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