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Emptying the notebook: Bragg held out, other odds and ends from Tuesday’s Lobo game

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Here are some extra thoughts, tweets, stats, quotes, videos and whatever else I could find from Tuesday’s 87-84 UNM Lobos win over the Cal. State-Northridge Matadors.

Nothing to Bragg about

Though Lobos junior transfer Carlton Bragg made the trip to Northridge, Calif., for Tuesday’s game, he did not get off the bench and it appears he won’t be playing before Dec. 16, which is when the NCAA originally said he was eligible to join the Lobos.

UNM head coach Paul Weir told the Journal after Tuesday’s game he was disappointed, and “shocked” by the NCAA’s ruling on the waiver request and UNM will still appeal the ruling with the hopes of having Bragg join the team sooner rather than later.

UNM has not said what grounds they are requesting a hardship waiver on for Bragg, who was enrolled in classes at Arizona State for the first semester on year ago. NCAA rules state a player who transfers must sit out a full academic year AFTER transferring. Since he was enrolled at ASU in the fall, he is now deemed eligible at UNM after the fall semester concludes, which is Dec. 14 at UNM.

It has begun…

The college basketball season began on Tuesday, so I had to tell my family it was time for me to disappear for awhile.

Oh, but that game winner

Anthony Mathis scored all 12 of his points on Tuesday night via 3-pointers, including the game-winner with what the official scorers are saying was with 0:01 seconds remaining in the game.

Here is the video I shot of the banked in 3-pointer that made the rounds on social media on Tuesday night.

— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) November 7, 2018

But wait, for there to be a game winner in the tie game, there had to be a shot that tied the game. Here you go, CSUN’s Lamine Diane’s jumper in the lane that tied the game, 84-84, with 6.1 seconds remaining.

Up next…

UNM hosts Northern New Mexico, an NAIA school, in an exhibition game Saturday in the Pit as part of the New Mexico Classic that features four Division II teams — Eastern New Mexico, Western New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands and Colorado’s Fort Lewis College — playing each other on Friday and Saturday.

UNM’s next regular season game is Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit against Iona.

He said it

“Ball control was clearly an issue for us. I think particularly Corey, Vance and Karim really struggled with their speed and kind of lack of size bothered them. Between the three of them, we had 13 turnovers. … Losing some guards has put the pressure on us to share the ball and do the right thing. Quite frankly, some guys just aren’t as offensively developed as we’d like to handle that responsibility right now.” — UNM coach Paul Weir after his team posted 20 turnovers and clearly struggled passing and dribbling throughout the game.

He said it, Part 2

“It counts, you know, we’ll take it. But that’s just unacceptable. We didn’t play to our (high) standard. We hold ourself to such a high standard, but tonight, it didn’t translate from practice. We have a lot to work on.” — Lobos senior guard Anthony Mathis

From the fans…

From some old friends…

Ou so good

CSUN started three freshmen and a sophomore on Tuesday. One of the freshmen was 6-foot-9 center Michael Ou of China, who graduated from Albuquerque’s Menaul School

Ou finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting and three rebounds in 19 minutes on the floor. He also started both of the team’s preseason games.

About that size

The Lobos thought their newfound size would hep them fix last season’s rebounding deficiencies.

Tuesday, it didn’t. At all.

CSUN had 16 offensive rebounds in the game, meaning the Lobos will run sprints Wednesday for every one of them.

And after the game Weir actually suggested his team now may have too much size.

“We talked about it going in for five days,” Weir said. “They had 19 offensive rebounds in their last game. We worked on it. They’re quick. They’re athletic. They really go to the glass. Our size was almost a problem because their speed and our size, our guys just really struggled boxing them out.”

Final stat sheet

For those of you who like the old school stat sheets…


Yes, the game that took over the Mountain West last season was back on opening night, with yours truly even getting a mention on a nationally-televised game in Reno.

For those unfamiliar, the past couple seasons, but especially last season, I would simply tweet a picture of game officials starting at video monitors every time they stopped the game to do so and I’d type the hashtag #Drink.

The rest of the league, and some outside of the Mountain West, have taken to playing the game as well.

So, cheers.

In Laramie, Wyo., …

In Reno…

In San Diego …

And in Northridge, Calif., …

Around the Mountain

There were seven Mountain West men’s hoops teams in action on Tuesday night. Here’s how they fared:
• No. 7 Nevada 86, BYU 70
• Air Force 90, DIII Johnson & Wales 65
• Utah State 101, Montana State 71
• New Mexico 87, CSU-Northridge 84
• UC-Santa Barbara 76, Wyoming 66
• San Diego State 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60
• Fresno State 91, DII Alaska Anchorage 63

Meanwhile, in Las Cruces…

The New Mexico State Aggies opened their season Tuesday night in Las Cruces with a 73-56 win over the visiting North Dakota State Bison.

Postgame interview: Paul Weir

Here was the postgame comments from Paul Weir to reporters after the game and posted on the Journal’s Facebook account:

Until next time…

OK, like it or not, it’s that time of year again for another season of postgame empty gym pics. My first…

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