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Health scare won’t keep Bradbury from coaching next game

New Mexico coach Mike Bradbury talks to his players during the Lobos’ loss to San Diego State in the Pit on Wednesday night. (Jim Thompson)

University of New Mexico women’s basketball coach Mike Bradbury left Dreamstyle Arena – the Pit more quickly than usual after Wednesday night’s loss to San Diego State.

It had nothing to do with the game’s result.

Bradbury, who was feeling ill after the game, cut his normal postgame radio interview short and handed off media room obligations to assistant coach Bill Ferrara. UNM released a statement about the turn of events Thursday.

“At the conclusion of last night’s game against San Diego State, Coach Bradbury began to feel lightheaded and experienced a rise in his blood pressure,” the statement read. “He was taken to the emergency room as a precaution. Coach Bradbury was released later that night after test results came back normal. He will coach the team Saturday at UNLV.”

Bradbury walked the sideline as usual throughout UNM’s 67-58 defeat but appeared less animated than usual. Afterward he answered one question on radio before leaving the Pit. It was the first time in his four seasons at UNM that Bradbury did not field questions after a game, regardless of outcome.

The Lobos did not practice on court Thursday but studied video in preparation for Saturday’s game at UNLV. The team is scheduled to practice Friday morning before departing for Las Vegas, Nevada, and Bradbury expects to be on hand, a UNM media relations spokesperson said.

The Lobos (13-13, 4-9 Mountain West) and Rebels (12-12, 8-5) tip off Saturday at 4 p.m.

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