Elijah Brown knows the only way Mountain West teams have been able to keep him from scoring has been when he’s not on the court.
So, after foul trouble limited him to 15 minutes of play in a Jan. 4 loss at Utah State, the Lobos’ junior guard made sure to stay on the floor in Tuesday’s rematch. Brown continued his recent scoring tear, pouring in 24 points to lead the Lobos to a 74-61 win over the visiting Aggies in front of an announced Pit crowd of 10,698.
“I just think his poise,” UNM head coach Craig Neal said of Brown’s ability to lead the Lobos in recent games. “He’s playing with a calmness. I don’t think he’s trying to force the issue. He had maybe one bad play. He’s going to have some of those. But he’s been real efficient and he’s letting the game come to him like he has before — he’s using screens. And I think experience and maturity. Since conference play started, I think he’s been the player we knew he was going to be.”