It’s more frustration for Paul Weir and his Lobo men’s basketball team. North Texas came to the Dreamstyle Arena Tuesday night and left with a 74 to 65 victory over New Mexico. The Mean Green played tight defense as the Lobos struggled to only shoot 28 percent in the first half and a little over 36 percent for the game. “Fundamentally that’s on me as a coach for not being able to teach them or us how to finish layups,” said Weir.
The Lobos didn’t even score a field goal in the contest until more than seven minutes had run off the clock in the first half. They also had trouble hanging on to the ball and ended the night with 21 turnovers. One glaring stat was the points in the paint.
North Texas outscored the Lobos 44-18 in the paint. “We’re suppose to be the fifth biggest team in the country,” said Lobos guard Anthony Mathis. “You’d think we can score inside, but it’s not happening right now.” You could argue that free throws kept the Lobos in the game as they shot over 83 percent from the charity stripe, making 26 of 31. North Texas was 10 for 14 at the free throw line.
Three Lobos scored in double figures with Mathis leading the way with 20 points and five assists. Keith McGee had 11 points while Vance Jackson chipped in 10 points with five rebounds. North Texas had four player score in double figures with Ryan Woolridge leading the way. He finished with 21 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. With the loss the Lobos dropped to 5-5 on the season while North Texas improved to 11-1.