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Emptying the Notebook: UNM beats Bradley on the road, 85-75

PEORIA, Ill. — Here are a few extra notes, quotes, thoughts, videos tweets and whatever else I could empty out of the notebook that didn’t make it into print after Saturday’s 85-75 UNM win over Bradley in Peoria, Ill.:

Corey’s come back

Paul Weir never said what, exactly, Corey Manigault did in last week’s win over UTEP that got the junior forward pulled after just four scoreless minutes and sent to the end of the bench the rest of that game.

But it was clear it was something Weir wasn’t all that happy with.

After the game, the two talked several times throughout the past week and the practice I attended Thursday in the Pit was as good a practice as I’ve seen Manigault (and the whole team for that matter, but Corey in particular) have all season.

Manigault went off on Saturday at Bradley in his 24 minutes on the court. He scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and, like he has said he felt in a game once before this season, he was seemingly unguardable without Bradley having to foul him. Manigault was 10-for-11 from the free throw line.

As for that issue last week?

“He was in a great place (during Saturday’s game),” Weir said. “… It’s a growth process. I’m getting to know him and he’s getting to know me. And as long as both of our minds are in the right place with it, I think hopefully we’ll have a productive relationship with it.”

Hall of Fame Fly Boy

Jerome Robinson, the former Bradley Braves star player called “Fly Boy” in his playing days and current UNM assistant coach, was inducted to the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday. He gave a speech at a lunchtime ceremony and during halftime of Saturday night’s game, they honored him and played a tribute video.

He said it

“I just rushed it. I didn’t really convince myself I was going to shoot it. I thought about it. ‘Should I shoot it or not?’ Then I shot it. It didn’t turn out too good.” — Lobos senior Anthony Mathis on a late game near airball 3-point attempt that would have given him 8 in the game.

On Friday, he asked Robinson what one of his best games was in his Bradley Hall of Fame career. When Robinson told him he once hit eight 3-pointers in a game here in Peoria, Mathis said he was “destroy it,” according to Robinson.

With seven already made, Mathis came up one short.

Raining inside and out

Before Anthony Mathis made it rain in Carver Arena with his seven 3-pointers (and the Lobos had 12 in all, including more clutch second half treys from fellow senior Dane Kuiper), it was also raining, like crazy, outside the arena.

Gamer

Here is the link to the game article that appeared in Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal:

Second road win

The Lobos picked up their second road win on Saturday. It is the earliest the Lobos picked up their second true road win in 20 seasons of Mountain West play.

Before Saturday, the earliest the Lobos picked up their second true road win in the Mountain West era was Dec. 10 in the 2011-12 season.

Saturday also marked just the fourth time in 20 Mountain West seasons that UNM started 2-0 in true road games.

Meanwhile, back in Albuquerque…

The UNM women’s basketball team won back in Albuquerque on Saturday, beating New Mexico State 83-58.

Up next for the men…

Tuesday: UNM at NMSU, 7 p.m., Las Cruces, N.M.

The last time the two teams played, the Aggies won 98-94 in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit on Nov. 17. NMSU has won four in a row against the Lobos, with the first win in that stretch being by a Paul Weir-coached Aggies team when he was still at NMSU. The last three belong to Chris Jans against Weir’s Lobos.

Meanwhile, in Las Cruces…

The NMSU Aggies improved to 6-1 on Saturday and picked up their first home win against a Power 5 conference program since 2002 thanks to a 69-63 win over Washington State.

Around the Mountain

There was a nearly full slate of Mountain West games on Saturday around the country, with the league going 5-5. San Jose State did not play. Here’s the breakdown:

• No. 6 Nevada 73, USC 61
• Fresno State 76, Cal Poly 67
• Colorado 86, Colorado State 80
• San Diego State 75, Illinois State 65
• Northern Colorado 85, Wyoming 80
• Cincinnati 65, UNLV 61
• New Mexico 85, Bradley 75
• Grand Canyon 69, Boise State 67
• Pacific 82, Air Force 69
• Utah State 89, UC Irvine 65

MW/MVC Challenge

UNM’s win capped the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge for this season and forever. This is the last year the two leagues will participate in the challenge while the MW could possibly start a new one in the 2020-21 season with the Atlantic 10.

As for this season, UNM’s win evened this season’s series at 5-5.

And at Saturday’s game was Dan Butterly, the Mountain West’s Senior Associate Commissioner who runs the show for basketball. He did the same in a previous stint with the Missouri Valley Conference.

Plus/minus

OK, forget my usual plus/minus stats here (mainly because I don’t have them for this game).

But I can say this: The consensus from Lobo fans trying to watch the online stream of Saturday’s game give ESPN+ a huge minus.

The stream apparently didn’t work at all for some users, briefly for others and was sporadic at best for some.

What did the fans think?

Some serious hops

Bradley had problems slowing down the Lobos, but the halftime entertainment did not…

Mase was on the case

With Jerome Robinson being inducted to the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame, he knew he’d be a little too busy this weekend to have his normal opponent scouting duties.

So, he handed them off to fellow assistant Brandon Mason, who was having a bit of a homecoming of his own. The Chicago native had several friends and familiy members on hand, as well.

Final stat sheet

The final numbers from Saturday’s game, including those seven Mathis 3-pointers…

Postgame interview…

Here is the postgame interview I had with Paul Weir after Saturday’s game, as posted on the Albuquerque Journal’s Facebook page:

Attendance

The announced attendance for Saturday’s game at Bradley in Carver Arena was 5,494.

The other road crowd the Lobos faced on Nov. 6 at Cal. State-Northridge was announced at 1,551.

The announced attendance for the UNM women’s basketball game in Dreamstyle Arena on Saturday vs. NMSU was 5,327.

Until next time…

Until next time, Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill.

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