It may have started off about as ugly as it could be, but the finished product was just what the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team needed heading into Saturday’s rivalry rematch with New Mexico State.
Senior guard Deshawn Delaney shook off a slow start – for him and for the entire Lobos team – and finished with 22 points, which tied a career high, and 13 rebounds, a new career best, to lead UNM to an eventually dominating 76-55 win over Central Arkansas on Wednesday night in front of an announced crowd of 13,117 in the Pit.
“We don’t have a lot of room for error and if we don’t play hard all the time and play hard every possession, then we’re going to struggle like we did today (early in the game),” UNM coach Craig Neal said.
While the Lobos (7-3) held the Bears (0-9) to 35.7 percent shooting and just 55 points, the second year Lobos coach wasn’t particularly pleased with his team’s ability, or at times inability, to stop the outmanned visitors from scoring.
“I didn’t think our defense was very good,” Neal said. “They went eight minutes without a basket in the second half, but I still don’t think our defense was very good.”