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.

Injury depleted New Mexico loses another player

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New Mexico will likely have just eight scholarship players dress on Wednesday night as they take on Central Arkansas at The Pit, with Sam Logwood being the latest casualty.

Logwood sprained his shoulder in Saturday’s win over Louisiana-Monroe and is expected to miss at least three games before Mountain West play begins.

Logwood will join Cullen Neal, who suffered an ankle injury in November that could keep him out the rest of the season, and Arthur Edwards, who dislocated and fractured a finger, out of the lineup.

The good news is that Jordan Goodman is expected to finally be healthy for the Lobos, but that doesn’t help them much with numbers, particularly in practice. According to beat writer Geoff Grammar, head coach Craig Neal has been jumping in drills because they are so shorthanded right now.

“I thought we were going to have pretty good depth in the backcourt, but now it’s kind of dwindling,” said Neal. “I even checked if I could have a manager practice today, which I can’t. I had to check the rules with compliance. I was going to put one of our managers in to play today so we had enough.”

Freshman Sam Logwood wins New Mexico dunk contest (VIDEO)

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Freshman Sam Logwood was a late addition for New Mexico and head coach Craig Neal, but the wing from Indiana should help give the Lobos more athleticism on the wing.

Case in point: Logwood bested senior teammate Deshawn Delaney in the New Mexico dunk contest on Friday night.

Geoff Grammer from the Albuquerque Journal filmed each dunk of the Lobo Howl event for New Mexico and put them all in a post if you want to re-live the whole dunk contest.

Key New Mexico recruit, top 150 prospect, cleared by the NCAA

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Sam Logwood has been cleared by the NCAA, New Mexico announced on Monday afternoon.

Logwood is a 6-foot-7 wing forward that played last season with La Lumiere in Indiana. He’s currently ranked No. 150 by Rivals in the Class of 2014.

“We are very happy to add Sam Logwood to our program,” head coach Craig Neal said in a statement. “Sam is a high-caliber student-athlete on the court and in the classroom. He comes from one of the top prep programs in the country where he played at a very high level. It’s great to also get a nationally-renown recruit that ranked among the top prep players in the class. The Lobo family is excited to have Sam on the team beginning this season.”

Logwood originally committed to Auburn and signed a letter of intent with the former staff, but asked out of it after Bruce Pearl was hired by the school. His former high school coach, Alan Huss, was hired by Neal as an assistant in August, just days before Logwood committed to the Lobos.

New Mexico adds another piece for the 2014-15 season

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Just a few days after former La Lumiere coach Alan Huss officially joined the New Mexico coaching staff, a former La Lumiere player has decided to make the move to Albuquerque.

Three-star small forward Sam Logwood, formerly an Auburn signee who was released from his National Letter of Intent last month, committed to the New Mexico program Saturday evening. The former La Lumiere Prep player made his decision while on a visit to the Mountain West school, revealing the news via his Twitter with multiple media outlets confirming it shortly thereafter.

Given Logwood’s athleticism, he can help a New Mexico squad that has to account for the loss of their three best players in guard Kendall Williams, forward Cameron Bairstow and center Alex Kirk. The Lobos’ most productive returnees are guards Cullen Neal and Hugh Greenwood, with six newcomers led by junior college transfer Jordan Goodman joining the program this summer.

The question now is whether or not Logwood will be cleared academically, something that had yet to happen before he and Auburn parted ways. But if he does gain clearance, Logwood has the ability to help the Lobos immediately.

New Mexico adds prep school coach to staff, and reportedly a top 150 recruit

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New Mexico head coach Craig Neal dipped into the prep school ranks to fill his coaching staff. La Lumiere School (Indiana) head coach Alan Huss was officially named an assistant coach on Tuesday night, the team announced.

Huss replaces Craig Snow, who left the Lobos in July to become the head coach of New Mexico Highlands University, a Division II program. Huss joins associate head coach Lamont Smith and assistant Drew Adams on staff.

He is the second coach from a highly-touted prep school to land an assistant coaching job this summer. Missouri head coach Kim Anderson hired Huntington Prep (West Virginia) head coach Rob Fulford in June. Five weeks later, Fulford’s former player, Montaque Gill-Caesar, a four-star prospect, reclassified and committed to Mizzou for this upcoming season.

It appears Huss’ hire will reportedly come with a bonus. Minutes after it was announced Huss would join the staff, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported that former Auburn signee Sam Logwood, a La Lumiere product, would join Huss at New Mexico. Logwood committed to Tony Barbee in September. On July 30, new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl released the 6-foot-6 wing from his National Letter of Intent. Logwood is regarded as the No. 150 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. After getting his release, Logwood scheduled a visit to New Mexico for this upcoming weekend.

La Lumiere has a talented roster for the 2014-2015 season. Top-40 2015 shooting guard Jalen Coleman, Vanderbilt commit Joseph Toye and incoming wing Davon Dillard, a three-star prospect, will be out on the perimeter, joined by Australian big man Isaac Humphries, a 6-foot-11 2016 prospect. You can read more about Humphries in College Basketball Talk’s Recruiting Roundup from Monday.