Greyhound Basketball to Visit "The Pit" for Exhibition Against Lobos
PORTALES, N.M. - The Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball coach Andrew Helton has announced that the Greyhounds will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, November 3rd, for an exhibition game against the 2009-10 regular-season Mountain West Conference champion, University of New Mexico.
"This is a great game for our team to play," said Helton. "Being able to go against the top Division I program in your state and a school that advanced in the NCAA Tournament last year will only help prepare our team for the great competition we will see in the Lone Star Conference. Coach Alford and his staff have done a great job with the Lobo program and we look forward to going to the Pit to compete against them."
The contest will mark the Greyhounds first competition against the Lobos at the Pit since November 2, 2007. UNM registered a 30-5 record last year and used their explosive offense to place in the top 10 in the nation in points per game and remain in the top-25 rankings for most of the season. The Lobos defeated University of Montana to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championships. New Mexico head coach Steve Alford was selected as the MWC Coach of the Year, while junior Darington Hobson was picked as Player of the Year.
In the 2009-10 season, Eastern more than doubled their win total from the previous season, earning wins over Lone Star Conference participant West Texas A&M and earning season-sweeps over Abilene Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The full Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball schedule will be released at a later date.
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