ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The plan was to win three games but, Craig Neal and his Lobos found themselves out after one.
Defending Mountain West Tournament Champions Fresno State turned away the Lobos by way of a 65-60 victory. The Lobos led for a large portion of the game but, a struggle at the free throw line contributed to their demise.
“You know we missed 10 free throws and three front ends of one on one,” said Lobos Head Coach Craig Neal.
The Lobos shot 54.5 percent from the free throw line. Elijah Brown led the Lobos with 16 points. Tim Williams had 15.
Deshon Taylor led Fresno State with 21 points. It was Taylor who took over the game with under four minutes to play.
Lobos senior forward Tim Williams said after the loss, “We can’t make the NCAA Tournament which I never done in my college career. So that hurts pretty badly.”
The Lobos finished the season at 17-14. There could be more season left should the NIT call. It sounds like the only thing Neal would consider. It’s been an up and down season for the Lobos. When KRQE Sports asked him if he was coming back he said, “Oh yeah…I love it here.”
Lobos guard Elijah Brown tested the NBA Draft last season. When asked if he was coming back he said, “I’m not sure. It’s really early.”