The Lobos Came out of the gate and went down 9 to 2 as nothing was falling for the Lobos as they were committing to many unforced turnovers. So, Coach McKay promptly called a time out and sends the "2nd team" into the game including sophomore Daniel Faris. Daniel came right into the game, crashed the offensive glass, and scored his first two points. The next time down the court Faris worked hard inside, and was a rewarded with a trip to the line and he knocked down a pair of free throws. At that point the Lobos were off and running as the guys worked hard inside and out getting to the free throw line. The Lobos hit their free throws going 13 of 14 in the first half that kept the game close. The game was tight until the final seven minutes of the first half when Chad Toppert came in and nailed back to back 3's to give the Lobos an eleven point lead and the Lobos never looked back. The Lobos ended the first half with a very nice 13 point lead 47 to 34.
The Spark! Daniel Faris
First half test results. Slow start by starters, but sparks off the bench seemed to give everyone a kick start. Score for the first half A-.
Coming out of the locker room the Lobos started right where they left off in the 1st half. The Lobos were on fire as everyone was scoring. Where they were missing at the start of the game, everything started to fall for the good guys as they were running away from Colorado. At the 10:00 minute mark the Lobos were up 64 to 40. I think it is ok to say this team can score in spurts, as they scored 42 points in 10 minutes. The younger Lobos were able to get some nice minutes including David Kanyinda and Sean Imadiyi.
Wonder Twin Powers Activated!
L-Darren Prentice R- David Kanyinda
It was nice to see this kind of game against a Big XII team as this is only going to be a good experience for the young Lobos. With the Lobos at 99 points the fans was going crazy asking for them to get to a hundred points. So on the next possession Darren Prentice hit a three followed by a three from Mr. Kanyinda. To top it off, Sean Imadiyi ended the game with a dunk to conclude a fun enjoyable game to watch.
Final count Lobos 106 Buffs 65.
Second half and over all test results, scoring at will, great shooting, balanced scoring and a new powerful big man Down Low Daniel Faris. Score A+.
Overall – the Lobos played great and need to build on this win and convert it over to their next game vs. Kansas State, and on… The Lobos deserve a, A+ for their great game and effort tonight
The Red Menace Player of the Game!
Daniel Faris, had a great game on the boards he had 8 of them, including 14 points on some beautiful baby hooks. Also he had three assists, one block and 3 steals. This baby faced big man is no baby and will not back down from anyone.
Meet Sean Imadiyi aka The Big I
Sean Imadiyi is Lobo freshmen from Arizona. Sean was a late sign for UNM and we wanted to catch up with the big man from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe AZ.
How has the transition for high school to D-I ball college been?
The Big I: It's a real big one, the players are more physical, the game is a little bit faster, so it is pretty hard.
How has it been coming for Arizona to New Mexico?
The Big I: Well, I miss everything back home, My school, my family, my friends, and especially the Phoenix Suns, the biggest change is the elevation, it really got to me a lot at first.
What other schools were looking at you?
The Big I: I actually took a recruiting trip to Sacramento State earlier, and that was about it.
Why did you decide to come to New Mexico?
The Big I: I love everything, and the coaching staff, and the way they play the game.
What are some things you would like to improve on?
The Big I: I need to get stronger, be a little bit more confidents in me and I think I can be pretty good.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Making it to the NCAA Tournament, hopefully.
Do you have a major?
Nope, Not yet
Sean is a guy that as a nice athletic ability that with time will grow in to a Lobo basketball player that many people will like. Is very raw around the edges but has all the poetical in the world to succeed. Good Luck to Sean the rest of this season and the next 4 years as a Lobo!
Special thanks to our friends at NewMexicoSportsNews.com and of course LoboX for our photos!