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No. 6 Nevada struggles in 85-58 loss to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico coach Paul Weir did his best to get the Lobos to focus on playing their game against undefeated and sixth-ranked Nevada.

''I actually gave them a quote (Friday) and a quote (Saturday) in the locker room from Gregg Popovich after the Spurs beat the Raptors,'' Weir said of the San Antonio head coach. ''It's not about who we're playing. It's not about anything, it's just about us executing and competing. And that's all we talked about for two days.''

The message sunk as the Lobos shut down Nevada on Saturday, getting 27 points from Anthony Mathis and handing the Wolf Pack their first loss of the season, 85-58.

''We had so many people rebound the ball. And play unselfish,'' Mathis said. ''A team that plays unselfish is so hard to beat, as you see. We played super unselfish and we got a big win.''

New Mexico (8-6, 2-0 Mountain West) knocked the Wolf Pack (14-1, 1-1) from the ranks of the undefeated and sent fans streaming onto the court.

Vance Jackson came off the bench for a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and added seven assists and three steals for the Lobos. Makuach Maluach had 14 points.

Jordan Caroline scored 17 for Nevada, which looked out of sorts throughout. Brothers Caleb and Cody Martin combined for 4-for-21 shooting from the field and 17 points.

New Mexico took control early in the first half with a 20-6 run for a 22-9 lead. The spurt featured 3-pointers by Jackson and Dane Kuiper, as well as a resounding windmill dunk by Carlton Bragg that energized the crowd and the team.

''It just got us going,'' Mathis said. ''You see your opponent dunking on people like that, it just gets you going. You just want a piece of it. You want to get in there. You want to contribute. You want to do your thing and that's what we did.''

New Mexico maintained a double-figure lead despite the Wolf Pack scoring three straight points off of technical foul shots. The lead grew to 22 points at 67-45 after 3-pointers by Maluach and Mathis with seven minutes left.

''The one thing we've prided ourselves on was really competing until the end,'' Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. ''We didn't play hard tonight. We splintered and we came apart. We have to regroup and try to play better next game.

''We just had a bad night all around. We had a bad night sharing the ball. We had a bad night defensively. Usually they're zoned in on the scoring report, but we let guys who are shooters take open shots and we didn't play who we are. Just a terrible game for all of us.''

BIG PICTURE

Nevada's 14-0 start equaled the best in school history, matching the 1951-52 squad. The Wolf Pack came into the game as one of four undefeated teams in the country. Nevada had been dismantling most opponents, with 10 of its victories by double figures. But this loss will likely drop the Wolf Pack several spots in the rankings, behind two-loss teams Gonzaga and Michigan State.

Coming into the game, New Mexico had lost three of four at home, but had beaten the Wolf Pack three out of four meetings in the Pit. Nevada, however, had won the previous four in the series, one in Albuquerque and two in Reno and once in the conference tournament.

THE PITS

The last time Nevada played in the Pit in 2017, it turned into a legendary Wolf Pack performance as they came back from a 25-point deficit with 11 minutes left, and down by 14 with 1:10 left. Nevada's last six buckets in regulation were 3s and Caroline had a career day with 45 points and 13 rebounds in the Wolf Pack's 105-104 double-overtime victory.

But Mathis, who was one of the few players who played in that game, said he tried not to think about it.

''Completely different team,'' he said. ''Completely different players. I didn't even want to think about it. I've thought about that so many times. I've seen it on ESPN so many times. It was way out of my head.''

UP NEXT

Nevada hosts San Jose State on Wednesday.

New Mexico is home on Tuesday against UNLV.

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Key Players
J. Caroline
24 G
V. Jackson
2 G
25.5 Min. Per Game 25.5
11.8 Pts. Per Game 11.8
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
46.6 Field Goal % 44.4
41.3 Three Point % 41.2
65.5 Free Throw % 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Vance Jackson 7.0
  Cody Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Brown 18.0
  Dane Kuiper missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Carlton Bragg 42.0
  Nisre Zouzoua missed 3-pt. jump shot 44.0
  Bad pass turnover on Vance Jackson, stolen by Corey Henson 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Dane Kuiper 1:07
  Anthony Mathis missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:09
+ 2 Cody Martin made layup 1:36
+ 1 Anthony Mathis made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:44
Team Stats
Points 58 85
Field Goals 19-57 (33.3%) 31-68 (45.6%)
3-Pointers 4-22 (18.2%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 16-27 (59.3%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 47
Offensive 6 12
Defensive 26 31
Team 5 4
Assists 11 18
Steals 3 7
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 14 9
Fouls 18 19
Technicals 0 2
17 PTS, 8 REB
27 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 6 Nevada 14-1 263258
home team logo New Mexico 8-6 384785
Team Stats
away team logo 6 Nevada 14-1 82.5 PPG 40.3 RPG 15.7 APG
home team logo New Mexico 8-6 76.7 PPG 39.1 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
24
J. Caroline G 19.0 PPG 10.1 RPG 2.0 APG 48.7 FG%
32
A. Mathis G 15.4 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.1 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Caroline G 17 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
A. Mathis G 27 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
33.3 FG% 45.6
18.2 3PT FG% 37.9
59.3 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Caroline 17 8 0 7/17 1/4 2/4 1 33 1 0 5 0 8
Co. Martin 9 2 5 2/7 0/2 5/9 4 37 0 0 4 0 2
Ca. Martin 8 5 4 2/14 1/7 3/6 1 34 0 2 2 1 4
T. Porter 5 5 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 3 11 0 1 1 1 4
T. Thurman 4 5 0 2/6 0/3 0/0 3 30 1 2 1 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Caroline 17 8 0 7/17 1/4 2/4 1 33 1 0 5 0 8
Co. Martin 9 2 5 2/7 0/2 5/9 4 37 0 0 4 0 2
Ca. Martin 8 5 4 2/14 1/7 3/6 1 34 0 2 2 1 4
T. Porter 5 5 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 3 11 0 1 1 1 4
T. Thurman 4 5 0 2/6 0/3 0/0 3 30 1 2 1 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Johnson 6 3 2 1/6 1/3 3/4 2 29 0 0 0 1 2
C. Henson 5 2 0 1/2 1/2 2/2 3 14 1 0 0 0 2
J. Brown 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 1 0 2
N. Zouzoua 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Townsell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Wurm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hymes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 32 11 19/57 4/22 16/27 18 200 3 5 14 6 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Mathis 27 6 5 7/19 5/14 8/10 3 35 1 0 3 1 5
M. Maluach 14 6 1 5/10 2/4 2/2 2 33 0 0 1 2 4
C. Bragg 9 12 2 4/7 0/0 1/2 3 32 0 2 1 4 8
D. Kuiper 9 2 2 4/11 1/4 0/0 3 32 2 0 0 1 1
C. Manigault 6 4 0 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 15 1 0 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Mathis 27 6 5 7/19 5/14 8/10 3 35 1 0 3 1 5
M. Maluach 14 6 1 5/10 2/4 2/2 2 33 0 0 1 2 4
C. Bragg 9 12 2 4/7 0/0 1/2 3 32 0 2 1 4 8
D. Kuiper 9 2 2 4/11 1/4 0/0 3 32 2 0 0 1 1
C. Manigault 6 4 0 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 15 1 0 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Jackson 18 10 7 7/11 3/7 1/2 1 29 3 0 2 1 9
V. Pinchuk 2 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 4 0 1 1
K. Ezzeddine 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
K. McGee 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Drinnon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
J. Lyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Arroyo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Percy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Patterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 43 18 31/68 11/29 12/16 19 200 7 6 9 12 31