ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Mountain West playoff honors went to a pair of UNM Lobo guards on Monday. Jamal Mashburn Jr. and Jaelen House are 3rd Team All-Mountain West selections by the media. Mashburn Jr. is the Lobos’ leading scorer and is averaging 18.3 points per game. House is averaging 16.9 points per game.
“I’m honoured, extremely honoured,” Mashburn said. “There are a lot of great players in this conference. To be named in the top 15 of them is a great honor for me. I worked extremely hard.
House thought he would fare better than a third-team selection. “I think that’s pretty cool, you know. The third team is not the team I wanted to be in, but I will accept it,” House said.
The Lobos will start Wednesday’s Mountain West Conference game against Nevada. The Lobos lost to former Lobo head coaches Steve Alford and Craig Neal in their only game against the Wolfpack this season 79-70. “I think we’re significantly better now than we were when we first faced them, not so much that we’re suffering on teams,” UNM head coach Richard Pitino said. “I just think we’re pulling in the right direction somewhat to figure out what needs to be done.” Game time Wednesday is noon.
In other sports news, Lobo’s women’s basketball team started Mountain West’s quarterfinal game against San Diego State on Monday. The Lobos are the number 2 seed. San Diego State is a number 7 seed.
New Mexico State guard Teddy Allen was named WAC Player of the Year on Monday. Allen was also named WAC Newcomer of the Year. Allen is averaging over 19 points per game, which leads the league. His teammates Johnny McCants and Jabari Rice were named to the All WAC Second Team. McCants was also named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. New Mexico State is the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament and will play a semifinal match Friday in Las Vegas.
Cibola Cougars head coach Rod Williams has resigned after 9 seasons. Williams said he wanted to spend more quality time with his family.
Collin James runs with the first team and plays center for the Lobos this spring. James came to the Lobos through the transfer portal. When the coaches were fired on Abilene Christian, James jumped into the portal. He’s glad the Lobos found him. He thinks he’s a good candidate and he already has plenty of responsibility, calling plays for the line and stepping into the shoes of former Lobos center Kyle Stapley. The Lobos wrap up spring football on Saturday with a spring game at noon.