ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — UNM men’s basketball will be back in action Monday at Fresno State. UNM is coming off a victory over the Air Force on Saturday, so it’s a quick turnaround, but head coach Richard Pitino liked what he saw from his team on Saturday and hopes they can achieve the foul line and also keep Jaelen House and Jamal Mashburn Jr. point productive.
“We’ve seen so many games be lost just by a missed free throw and all of a sudden a three, and you know that’s where experience comes in. Those free throws were huge. We have a very good 1-2 punch when they are good, we just have to work to make them as consistent as possible and then keep growing the roster,” said Richard Pitino.
UNM takes on Fresno State at 8 p.m., then they wrap up their regular season Saturday at home. UNM will host UNLV in the pit on Saturday at 9 p.m.
New Mexico United have officially announced the date, location and time of their next US Open Cup game. NM United will host their first-ever US Open Cup match on April 5 at the UNM Soccer Complex, with kick-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. It will be a 2nd round match in the tournament and NM United says tickets will soon be available for purchase.
Highland High School Boys Basketball won their 3rd consecutive district title over the weekend. The team also found out that they would be seeded 1 in the upcoming Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament. “We worked for this. So everyone is pretty grateful to have the opportunity to win, but not everyone is happy because we want to win a state championship,” Hornets leading scorer Jose Murillo said.
Head coach Justin Woody says this team is special because they have 7 seniors on their roster, including Murillo, who is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game. “They care about each other and they realize Jose’s points are Highland points, Jojo’s assists are Highland assists, so it doesn’t matter who does it as long as we do it together,” said the Coach Woody.
This program hasn’t won a state title since 1972, which pushes them to succeed in 2022, but they also have extra motivation as they reached the state championship in 2020, but lost to Valley in overtime. . “Yeah, that one hurt a lot but it motivates us every day. We try not to talk about it a lot because obviously we didn’t have a lot of players from that team in that squad, but we’re working really hard every day and we know what it takes to get there,” said Highland Sr. guard Jojo Woody.
The Highland seed will host 16-seeded Miyamura on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the state tournament.
New Mexico Highland men’s basketball will compete in the RMAC Conference Tournament on Tuesday in South Dakota. This team is in tears, after holding a 1-10 conference record in January. The Cowboys have won 9 of their last 11 games to earn an 8 seed in the RMAC Tournament. “For our guys to stay competitive and keep fighting is what I’m most proud of and we put ourselves in a situation where we were able to get into the playoffs, what if you had told me that when we were 1 and 10, I don’t know if I would have believed you, but our guys kept fighting and more than anything they bought into what we were trying to do,” said Mike Dominguez, head coach of NMHU basketball.
What’s also impressive is that the NMHU didn’t have a season last year due to COVID. The Cowboys are now looking forward to Tuesday’s game, and although they have a tough test against top seed Black Hills State, they feel confident going in.
“So far I’ve just told our guys to embrace the moment and enjoy it, and for us to go into this game, we’re confident like any other team because we played at Black Hills 2 weeks ago at home and were able to beat them. We feel like we can play anyone and in a series of games anything can happen,” coach Dominguez said.
NMHU will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. This match will be streamed online on the RMAC network.