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Former New Mexico guard signs with Australian Football League franchise

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In recent years the Australian Football League has taken a harder look at college basketball for talent, with the height and athleticism of some players being a good fit for the sport. Former Morehead State forward Jason Holmes saw action at the AFL’s highest level earlier this season as a ruckman, and by many accounts he’s played well for the St. Kilda Football Club.

Thursday night it was announced that former New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood has signed a two-year contract with Adelaide, thus returning to the sport he played as a teenager prior to joining the UNM program. After completing his career at New Mexico, Greenwood spent some time with the Utah Jazz’s summer league team.

Greenwood has experience playing Australian rules football, and he was good enough to earn a scholarship from the Australian Institute for Sport in both basketball and football according to Adelaide’s release. That experience, which college basketball players who have made the switch in recent years, should help with his transition to the game as a professional.

Greenwood is the second former college basketball player to sign with an AFL franchise in the last week. Former Arizona forward Matt Korcheck, who had a month-long trial with Carlton of the AFL’s second division that began in late July, signed a two-yeat contract with the club last week.

New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood wants more out of his teammates

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New Mexico senior point guard has had a great four-year career and he’s going through an especially difficult time right now during a six-game losing streak.

According to Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal, Greenwood said that his young teammates aren’t putting in the necessary work to get things done in the win column this season.

“It’s really tough. This is not how I wanted to go out,” Greenwood said to reporters. “Having said that, there’s still three games left then the Mountain West Conference Tournament. … We’re confident moving forward. I think with the success we’ve had the last three years, this is just something we’re not used to. I think with a lot of guys coming in here for the first time, I don’t think it means as much as it should. They don’t understand what Lobo basketball is about and it’s about winning and competing and playing for championships. … That’s what I said to the fellas, it’s got to mean something to them.”

Obviously some pointed comments from a senior about some of the younger players on the team. It also hurts the Lobos that two older players in Cullen Neal and Jordan Goodman have missed a lot of practice time this season. Those two rotation guys in practice and the lineup would have surely picked up the intensity, but it’s been a tough season for the Lobos as they sit at 14-13 and 6-9 in the Mountain West.

Hugh Greenwood’s postgame interview tripled donations to cancer research fund

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New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood had a postgame interview go viral after he credited his 22 point performance — and first dunk in three years – in a win at UNLV on a person on twitter that made vile jokes about his mother, who is battling breast cancer.

The best part of that story has turned out to be the postscript.

Greenwood operates something called the Pink Pack Fund, which is essentially a way for people to donate money to cancer research at the University of New Mexico. Prior to the UNLV game, there was $7,729 in that fund. As of Monday morning, a New Mexico spokesperson told, there was $24,779, which includes a $10,000 donation that came in from the Governor of the state last week.

If you do the math, Greenwood’s postgame interview generated enough conversation about his mom that he had already doubled the amount of money that had been donated to the Pink Pack Fund by the time the Governor made her donation.

$17,000 in donations for calling a twitter troll out on TV.

Not bad.

If you’d like to contribute to the Pink Pack Fund, you can do so right here.

New Mexico hands No. 24 Colorado State its first defeat in impressive fashion

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While No. 24 Colorado State entered Saturday’s game at New Mexico with an unblemished record of 14-0, the best start in school history, it was clear that Larry Eustachy’s team had some things to clean up. In each of their last two games the Rams got off to slow starts offensively, only to snap out of that funk in wins over New Mexico State and Boise State.

Unfortunately for the Rams they were unable to turn things around in the second half Saturday night, as Craig Neal’s team put together a commanding performance in a 66-53 win that wasn’t as close as the final margin would lead one to believe.

How did the Lobos get the job done? By relentlessly attacking the Colorado State defense and working to get to the basket instead of settling for perimeter shots. Of New Mexico’s 66 points 42 were scored in the paint, with Sam Logwood scoring 15 points off the bench, Devon Williams adding 13 and Tim Jacobs accounting for nine points and five rebounds.

Those contributions, ten of the 11 Lobos who saw action managing to score, ensured that New Mexico maintained control of the game despite off shooting nights from leading scorers Hugh Greenwood and Deshawn Delaney.

Greenwood scored just four points, shooting 1-for-10 from the field, but he did contribute team highs in both rebounds (eight) and assists (six). Delaney was even quieter offensively, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds. New Mexico shot 51 percent from the field and 59.5% on two-point shots. New Mexico isn’t a particularly good three-point shooting team, especially with Cullen Neal out for the remainder of the season, which makes it imperative that they work to get scoring opportunities around the rim.

New Mexico was greedy when it came to the quality of shots they looked for, and during an 8-0 second-half run that saw them push out their lead to 18 points (55-37) the Lobos repeatedly scored at the rim. By comparison Colorado State spent the majority of its time hoisting up challenged jump shots, which also contributed to New Mexico scoring 17 fast break points.

As a team Colorado State shot 32.7% from the field, with Daniel Bejarano (13 points) making four of his 13 attempts and J.J. Avila scoring just six points on 3-for-10 shooting. Colorado State’s been a good perimeter shooting team this season, but when those shots aren’t falling settling for too many jumpers can be costly.

But even with Colorado State’s shooting issues Saturday night, it was their defense that got them beat in Albuquerque. Even with their 14-0 start the Rams showed that they still have of work to do defensively, as they entered Saturday ranked eighth in the Mountain West in field goal percentage defense and defensive efficiency and ninth in three-point percentage defense.

Prior opponents may have shown that Colorado State needs to get better defensively, but it was New Mexico who managed to hand the Rams a loss while doing so.

New Mexico point guard out indefinitely with left ankle injury

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Not only did New Mexico lose its Puerto Rico Tipoff opener against Boston College on Thursday, but they also lost their starting point guard Cullen Neal. Neal rolled his left ankle in the second half of the 69-65 defeat, and according to Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal the sophomore isn’t expected to play again this weekend.

How long could Neal, who’s averaging a team-best 17.0 points along with 3.4 assists per game? That remains to be seen, with the plan being to reevaluate the ankle once the team returns to Albuquerque.

[New Mexico head coach] Craig Neal told the Journal on Friday morning from San Juan, Puerto Rico, that while an X-ray revealed “no major fracture,” that there is still a concern for possible ligament damage or a hairline fracture. The Lobos won’t know the full extent of the injury until the team returns to Albuquerque early next week and has an MRI conducted.

As Grammer also noted in the story, not having Neal means that senior Hugh Greenwood will spend even more time at the point than originally anticipated. Greenwood is the team’s second-leading scorer while also averaging a team-best 4.0 assists per game, and against Boston College he racked up 24 points, three assists and three steals.

No other Lobo reached double figures in the loss, and players such as Deshawn Delaney and Devon Williams will need to raise both their productivity and consistency with Neal out of the lineup. New Mexico takes on George Mason Friday evening, with a game against either Texas A&M or College of Charleston set for Sunday.

New Mexico’s Craig Neal cuts hair for ‘Locks of Love’ (VIDEO)

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Last spring New Mexico head coach Craig Neal and his son Cullen, a sophomore point guard on the team, joined an important endeavor started by senior guard Hugh Greenwood. Greenwood was in the process of growing out his hair in honor of his mother, who learned that she had a recurrence of breast cancer four years after an initial bout with the disease.

The goal was to grow their hair long enough to donate it to “Locks of Love,” an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients who lose their hair due to the effects of chemotherapy.

While the younger Neal and Greenwood, who has also set up the “Pink Pack” fundraiser to raise money for cancer research, have vowed to continue to grow their hair throughout the 2014-15 season, Coach Neal decided to cut his hair at the team’s annual “Lobo Howl” event Friday night.

Below is a brief video of Neal getting his haircut Friday night.

Coach "Noodles" Neal getting his haircut for Locks of Love at the Lobo Howl! #GoLobos #2014LoboHowl

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