ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (KVIA) — On Saturday, the Lobos and Aggies clashed for the first time in nearly two years. The home team fed off the energy from its sellout crowd all night, soundly defeating the visiting Aggies 106-62. NM State was led by Femi Odukale, who drew 12 fouls to finish with 18 points and seven rebounds. The Lobos rode a hot first half from veteran guard Jaelen House to improve to 7-1 on the season. With the loss, the Aggies are now 4-6. The two teams will meet again in just 13 days at the Pan American Center on Dec. 15.
Jaylin Jackson-Posey knocked down the first bucket of the game from beyond the arc. However, there wasn’t much action on the offensive end immediately after. In the first nine minutes of the game, NM State only put up six shots. Luckily for the Aggies, five of the six fell, keeping them in the mix early. A media timeout came with UNM ahead 19-13 at the 10:17 mark, effectively marking the end of the first quarter of action. At that point, Christian Cook and Jackson-Posey were both two-for-two on field goals and accounted for 10 of the Aggies’ 13 points.
After being forced to play with four men against Louisville less than a week ago, fouls plagued the Aggies once again. As a team, they committed 18 fouls in the first 20 minutes, and their 10th foul put the Lobos in the double bonus for the final 9:20 of the half. A 9-0 Lobo run swelled the lead to 40-24, forcing a timeout from Head Coach Jason Hooten with 4:24 left. The run would continue to 14-0, giving UNM a 45-24 lead before Kaosi Ezeagu hit a pair of free throws to stop the bleeding. The Aggies went nearly a fifth of the game without a field goal, being held to only nine free throws between the 9:29 and 1:33 marks.
55 first-half Lobo points were the most by NM State or any opponent this season. The last time the Aggies allowed at least 55 points in a half was against Southern Utah on Jan. 19, 2023. The Thunderbirds dropped 58 in the first half of a 111-76 victory. UNM was led by Jaelen House, who dropped in an efficient 26 points. The graduate guard was 8-9 from the field, 5-5 from deep, and 5-5 at the free throw line in the first 20 minutes.
Things wouldn’t get much better for the defense after the break. UNM came out of the locker room and scored 14 points before the next media timeout, pulling ahead 69-38. Jaylin Jackson-Posey picked up his fifth foul with 10:29 remaining, sending him to the bench for the remainder of the game. The Aggies were outscored 51-30 in the second half, and shot just 33.3% from the field. Keylon Dorsey hit the team’s lone three pointer out of 10 attempts. UNM put together another 9-0 run that concluded with 3:37 left on the clock. The burst pushed the Lobos over 100, heading into the final media timeout with a 101-58 advantage.
The two sides were comparable in most second half statistical categories. The Aggies outrebounded the Lobos 18-16, each side had four steals and the teams were only separated by one foul. The difference in the half was shotmaking, and the quality of offensive opportunities. The home team hoisted 14 three-point attempts in the final 20 minutes, and knocked down seven of them. The Lobos canned 18 of their 28 total field goals and made eight free throws. NM State couldn’t force their opponents away from their spots, and UNM took advantage, hanging another 50-plus point half.
Numbers of Note
- The last time the Aggies allowed 106 or more points was Jan. 19, 2023, when Southern Utah scored 111.
- UNM’s 44-point margin of victory is its largest in at least the last 40 years of the rivalry series.
- NM State coughed it up 17 times to UNM’s seven. Saturday marked the second-most turnovers in a game this season, and the most since the regular-season opener at Kentucky.
- UNM’s bench outscored NM State’s reserves 51-15. Tru Washington (21) single-handedly scored more than the Aggies’ bench unit.
- No Aggies were positive in their minutes. All Aggies that played at least five minutes were -10 or worse.
The Aggies will have more than a week off before returning home to the Pan American Center. The Aggies will welcome two consecutive in-state rivals, starting with Northern NM before a rematch with New Mexico. The matchup with the Eagles is set to tip off at 7:30 PM MT on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and available to follow via StatBroadcast.
Las Cruces High School volleyball player killed in tragic crash en route to tournament
A Las Cruces High School volleyball player died in a crash as she was traveling for a volleyball tournament from Las Cruces to Midland.
Samantha Bursum, 14, was killed on March 1 in Ward County, near Pecos, Texas.
At 9:32 p.m., a car without headlights was stranded in a roadway due to a previous crash blocking both lanes of Interstate 10 East. The driver of the vehicle transporting Bursum failed to notice the car and collided with it, according to the Texas Department of Transportation
Bursum and the driver of both vehicles were taken to Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans, Texas, where Bursum was pronounced dead.
The crash remains under investigation.
Volleyball community mourns loss of Samantha Bursum
The volleyball community remembers Bursum as a kind, intelligent girl determined to win and never missed a practice.
Alonda Dominguez, head coach of a traveling volleyball development team, said Bursum was on her way to the team’s tournament in Midland on Saturday.
“Samantha was a beacon of light on and off the court,” Dominguez said. “She was everything a coach could have asked for in a player.”
Dominguez said when she heard Bursum had died on the way to the tournament, she didn’t know how to tell the other players.
“We weren’t prepared to tell them,” she said. “We called a meeting and let the girls know and consoled them.”
The team ended up playing the tournament in Bursum’s honor, Dominguez said.
Social media posts also remember the teen, who was a Las Cruces Catholic School alumni. She had graduated from the school last year and was now a freshman at Las Cruces High School, according to the post.
“Sam was an amazing young woman who always had a smile on her face,” the post said.
Las Cruces High School also posted about Bursum, saying she was a friend to all and an amazing athlete and student.
Dominguez said Bursum’s jersey, number 15, will now be retired.
“She was a force of nature,” Dominguez said. “She was ready to change the world. She wanted to be a lawyer to help people. She was a go-getter kind of girl.”
Sandia Casino hosts fiery foods event
Hundreds of vendors from across the globe made their way to the annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ show in Albuquerque.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Hundreds of vendors from across the globe made their way to the annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ show in Albuquerque. But you don’t need to travel far for some good chile.
“We brought all New Mexican-grown products. We actually have two brands today, ‘Best in the West’ manufactures both of these brands. ‘Santa Fe Ole’ it’s more of a local brand here in Albuquerque, you can find us in Whole Foods, Sprouts, Albertson’s, Los Bros, you’ll be able to find us online,” said Sara Ramos, Best in the West quality assurance manager.
Ramos explained why she thinks their brand stands out from the rest.
“Something very interesting about our brand is that we don’t use frozen chile. We use fresh chile that goes directly into the jar, and that’s why we’re best in the West because the taste is so good,” said Ramos.
Vendors from all over, including from as far away as Australia, came to Sandia Resort & Casino for the 35th annual event. But so did a lot of New Mexican brands.
In addition to Best in the West, Zia Child Traders from Las Cruces came with their range of products.
“We have hot sauces, salsas, mustards, barbecues, and spices. So we kinda cover it all. Everything that we make is made with hatch chile in it,” said John “Cahohn” Hard, managing partner of Zia Trader LLC. “I think that the best chiles come from southern New Mexico. It’s kinda like Napa Valley with grapes, you know, where the hatch valley is the best for growing chile.”
Hard says Zia Chile Traders have been coming to the show for years.
“We’re the longest running exhibitor, we fell in love in ’97 with Albuquerque, we’re proud to be New Mexican,” said Hard.
The show also gave New Mexicans a chance to taste brands they’ve never met, like Sakari Farms from Oregon.
“We’re a traveling young farm. My wife is a newbie, she’s from Alaska. And so we just based our business practices off of growing Native foods, food sovernity, and just kind of rolled in to making hot sauce making more food products and stuff like that,” said Sam Schriner, co-owner of Sakari Farms.
Masker says this is the biggest show they’ve had so far.
“We have about 50% new exhibitors and this is like, some of them are like the next generation of hot sauce. So they’re really starting to elevate, and they come up with ideas of flavors that some of which you have seen before, others of which you haven’t like they’re blending fusions of cuisines,” said Maker.
Many of the vendors have won national and global awards. For more information about the show’s vendors, click here.
Ukrainian New Mexicans mark 2 years since war began
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It’s been two years since Russia invaded Ukraine. Divisions in Congress have stalled American aid and ammunition supplies.
Ukrainian military commanders are rationing their rounds, saying without ammunition, they can only fight defensively instead of going on offense.
In New Mexico, Ukrainian Americans mark the day with a rally in Albuquerque at Civic Plaza.
They say many of them are still keeping in touch with family, friends and loved ones who are on the front lines.
Watch the video above for more.
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