NCAAB Game Recap - Houston Baptist at New Mexico
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:30 PM EST

SCar
70
UVA
59
F
Ball
64
Wash
85
F
StPet
69
LIU
58
F
Manh
51
Hof
63
F
Colum
71
Colg
89
F
AlSt
69
APSU
80
F
SacHr
89
HolyC
68
F
IPFW
59
IaSt
89
F
StFPA
78
W&M
72
F
Lafy
44
Rut
63
F
UNH
62
UConn
88
F
(N/A)
46
NJIT
74
F
DelSt
62
StFNY
81
F
Marsh
80
NrthIA
88
F
Woff
83
KennSt
70
F
FlInt
83
Stetsn
67
F
MD-ES
52
OlDom
76
F
ChiSt
64
IndSt
85
F
Harv
60
How
55
F
Corn
76
Hartfo
80
F
HBU
88
NM
107
F
UAB
77
Duques
68
F
Hou
81
Portl
56
F
NMSt
58
MisSt
52
F
David
59
LoyIL
56
F
Radf
73
Rich
58
F
CS-Ful
46
LoyMa
53
F
Charl
56
ECU
60
F
Yale
54
Clem
45
F
UMKC
78
SDak
75
F
PVAM
55
Seton
75
F
Xav
67
TCU
59
F
(N/A)
50
UCSB
68
F
UCRiv
80
SJSU
65
F
GaTec
74
Bois
60
F
(N/A)
50
CSNor
85
F
Citad
63
NCSU
83
F
FlAtl
65
Mercer
50
F
MsVl
66
CBap
103
F
UTEP
63
HI
67
F

Dec 22, 2019, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Houston Baptist (0-10)

48

40

88

New Mexico (12-2)

46

61

107

Manigault's 21 PTs leads New Mexico past Houston Baptist
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:46 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Shorthanded New Mexico rallied with five players scoring at least 14 points led by 21 from Corey Manigault on Sunday as the Lobos beat Houston Baptist 107-88.

New Mexico was missing starters Carlton Bragg and J.J. Caldwell, who were both "being withheld from competition and team activity until further notice," according to a statement school officials released prior to the game. No additional details were released other than the school, "received information that requires further review."

Zane Martin, Makuach Maluach and JaQuan Lyle each added 19 for the Lobos (12-2).

Martin, who had six assists with just one turnover, and Manigault replaced Caldwell and Bragg in the starting lineup.

"I think they consider themselves starters probably in their own mind," New Mexico coach Paul Weir said. "In a lot of other years and teams, they are starters. We just happen to be a deep basketball team with a lot of good players. And those guys we able to step in and do some good things. They're older. They're experienced."

The Huskies (0-10) were led by a career-high 30 from Jalon Gates and Ian DuBose added 16. Gates hit seven 3-pointers, six of them in the first half.

"A kid made a lot of 3s in the first half and didn't make very many in the second half," Weir said. "And sometimes when guys are making shots on the other end especially the ones he was making, it deflates you a little bit.

Although the Lobos (12-2) played well offensively, the defense was sketchy, especially in the first half.

The Huskies were knocking down shots in the first half, shooting at a 63% rate from the field and hit eight 3-pointers. They used an 8-0 run stretched around halftime to take a 52-46 lead.

"I thought we came out and really fought the first half," said Huskies coach Ron Cottrell. "Obviously, we shot the ball really well. They shot it well too and kept it a close game at the half. It was a good half for us offensively. Defensively, I don't think we played very well. And sure enough in the second half, we played worse defensively and they shot 73% and we couldn't keep up the offensive firepower the way we were before."

And New Mexico regained the momentum shortly thereafter with a game-changing 26-2 run to go up 72-58 and cruised from there.

BIG PICTURE

Houston Baptist: With a rugged non-Southland Conference schedule, the Huskies are well-tested after the third-most difficult schedule that included games against Texas Tech, Michigan and Dayton.

New Mexico: The big question moving forward for the Lobos centers on the ultimate return of Bragg and Caldwell. New Mexico probably will be able to cover their absence over the next several games, including the resumption of the Mountain West slate. Fortunately for the Lobos, they start that conference stretch against struggling squads San Jose State, Fresno State and Air Force.

"It's very recent, very new," Weir said of the long-term effects of missing the two starters. "It isn't something we've talked a ton about it, especially basketball wise. We really just got ready for the game and the goal was to go win the basketball game."

CENTURY MARK

The Huskies are permitting an average 101.2 points per game, in part because of their brutal schedule.

"We're just not a good defensive team right now. We're doing everything we can to get that figured out," Cottrell said, alluding to the schedule. "You go down the line of who played and some of them are pretty good offensive teams. We've really struggled to shut some of them down. We're really hopeful as we get into conference play that that will flip a little bit for us."

UP NEXT

Houston Baptist: The Huskies resume conference play Jan. 2 against Central Arkansas.

New Mexico: The Lobos finish their non-conference scheduled Dec. 29 against Cal-Davis.

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Leaders

Houston Baptist PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Q. Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Gates 30 0 1 1 2 0
New Mexico PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Kuac 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Wegscheider 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

HBU NM
Points For 88 107
Field Goals 34/66-52% 41/64-64%
Three Pointers 9/24-38% 6/19-32%
Free Throws 11/17-65% 19/30-63%
Offensive Rebounds 11 10
Defensive Rebounds 20 25
Rebounds 37 38
Blocks 1 4
Steals 7 10
Turnovers 14 10
Personal Fouls 23 14
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - NM Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 22 HBU 88 @ NM 107 N. Thomasson 2 C. Patterson 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dreamstyle Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Attendance: 10,423
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