Lobo basketball is searching for its killer instinct after allowing a 17 point lead slip away in a loss to Colorado Tuesday night.
The Lobos losing streak has grown to three games. The two prior losses were by a margin of 60 points.
Only three points separated the Lobos and Colorado in a 78-75 contest, but it seems to cut the deepest.
Head coach Paul Weir could not contain his frustration and stormed out of the post-game press conference. “We’re the ones out there playing,” said Lobos guard/forward Dane Kuiper. “We have to put forth effort. He has the right to be upset like that so we are going to have to turn it around.”
Energy seems to be lacking with the Lobos. They put together a solid defensive effort on the road in a win at Bradley earlier in the season. For one half of basketball against Colorado, the Lobos appeared to give the same type of effort. It all went away in the second half after the Lobos struggled mightily defensively and at the free throw line.
The Lobos shot an impressive 40 percent from the three-point line, but they couldn’t make the close shots. “I told the guys we probably missed 20 layups tonight and it’s unfortunate,” said Weir. “We spend time on it, layups, the technique of layups, the fundamentals of layups, but clearly not enough because layups were the difference for us.”
The Lobos need another leader on the floor and help is on the way. When they host Central Arkansas Sunday the Lobos will have Carlton Bragg available for the first time this season. The Kansas and Arizona State transfer tried to get on the court sooner, but a waiver that would allow him to do so was denied by the NCAA.
“He’s a very vocal leader and I try to lead by example,” said Kuiper. “Tone’s a very vocal leader, but Carlton will bring another leader to the team that we need and I think that will definitely help us.” The 4-4 Lobos and 4-5 Central Arkansas have a 2 p.m. start time at Dreamstyle Arena Sunday.