2008–09 New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team

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2008–09 New Mexico Lobos men's basketball
New Mexico Lobos wordmark.svg
Mountain West Regular Season Co–Champions
2009 NIT, Second Round
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2008–09 record22–12 (12–4 Mountain West)
Head coachSteve Alford (2nd Year)
Assistant coachCraig Neal (2nd Year)
Assistant coachWyking Jones
Assistant coachRyan Miller
Home arenaThe Pit, University Arena
Seasons
2008-09 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team (Rank) W L PCT W L PCT
BYU 12 4 .750 25 8 .756
#25 Utah 12 4 .750 24 10 .706
New Mexico 12 4 .750 22 12 .647
San Diego State 11 5 .688 26 10 .722
UNLV 9 7 .563 21 11 .656
Wyoming 7 9 .438 19 14 .576
TCU 5 11 .313 14 17 .452
Colorado State 4 12 .250 9 22 .290
Air Force 0 16 .000 10 21 .323
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team represented the University of New Mexico as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos were coached by second-year head coach Steve Alford and played their home games at the University Arena, also known as "The Pit", in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Lobos finished the season 22–12, 12–4 in Mountain West play. They were Co–Champions of the Mountain West Conference with Utah and BYU.[1] They were defeated by Wyoming in the semifinals of the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. They invited of the 2009 National Invitation Tournament. They defeated Nebraska before losing to Notre Dame in the second round.[2][3]

Roster[edit]

2008–09 Roster
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown High School/Last College
A.J. Hardeman 00 F 6' 8" 225 Freshman Del Valle, Texas Del Valle HS
Jonathan Willis 2 G 6' 6" 185 Sophomore Carson, California Mayfield HS
Dion Williams 4 G 5' 11" 165 Freshman Albuquerque, New Mexico Willow Canyon HS
Dairese Gary 5 G 6' 1" 205 Sophomore Elkhart, Indiana Concord HS
Nate Garth 11 G 6' 2" 180 Freshman Sacramento, California Hamilton HS
Will Brown 15 F 6' 9" 225 Freshman Dallas, Texas Woodrow Wilson HS
Phillip McDonald 23 G 6' 5" 200 Freshman Cypress, Texas Cypress Springs HS
Román Martínez 30 F 6' 6" 185 Sophomore El Paso, Texas Montwood HS
Tony Danridge 32 G/F 6' 5" 215 Senior San Bernardino, California Cajon HS
Chad Toppert 33 G 6' 7" 215 Senior Albuquerque, New Mexico Academy HS
Chris Johansen 40 G 6' 4" 190 Freshman Albuquerque, New Mexico St. Pius X HS
Kem Nweke 42 C 6' 10" 265 Freshman Missouri City, Texas Thurgood Marshall HS
Daniel Faris 53 F 6' 9" 245 Senior Albuquerque, New Mexico Eldorado HS
Lobo Coach Steve Alford

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV  
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

2008–2009 Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/08/2008*
3:00 PM, KASY
Western New Mexico W 88–59 
University Arena (11,658)
Albuquerque, NM
Regular season
11/14/2008*
7:00 PM
SE Missouri State W 102–59  1–0
University Arena (13,031)
Albuquerque, NM
11/16/2008*
1:00 PM
at Creighton L 75–82  1–1
Qwest Center Omaha (16,107)
Omaha, NE
11/20/2008*
7:00 PM, KASY
Grambling State
Cancún Challenge
W 96–50  2–1
University Arena (12,066)
Albuquerque, NM
11/22/2008*
7:00 PM, KASY
UCF
Cancún Challenge
L 71–72  2–2
University Arena (12,707)
Albuquerque, NM
11/24/2008*
7:00 PM
Cal State Northridge W 85–74  3–2
University Arena (12,101)
Albuquerque, NM
11/29/2008*
9:00 PM, CBSCS
vs. VCU
Cancún Challenge Semifinals
L 55–67  3–3
Aventura Spa Palace (213)
Cancún, MX
11/30/2008*
6:15 PM, CBSCS
vs. Drake
Cancún Challenge 3rd place game
L 62–68  3–4
Aventura Spa Palace (201)
Cancún, MX
12/06/2008*
4:00 PM, The Mtn.
Southern Miss W 60–58  4–4
University Arena (12,465)
Albuquerque, NM
12/10/2008*
8:00 PM, KASY
at San Diego W 57–54  5–4
Jenny Craig Pavilion (2,034)
San Diego, CA
12/13/2008*
2:00 PM, Versus
Ole Miss W 103–70  6–4
University Arena (13,341)
Albuquerque, NM
12/17/2008*
6:30 PM, The Mtn.
Oral Roberts W 66–63  7–4
University Arena (13,358)
Albuquerque, NM
12/20/2008*
11:00 AM, KASY
at Texas Tech L 78–86  7–5
United Spirit Arena (8,425)
Lubbock, TX
12/23/2008*
6:30 PM, The Mtn.
New Mexico State
Rio Grande Rivalry
W 76–62  8–5
University Arena (17,197)
Albuquerque, NM
12/30/2008*
7:00 PM, AggieVision
at New Mexico State
Rio Grande Rivalry
W 68–66  9–5
Pan American Center (10,285)
Las Cruces, NM
01/03/2009
8:30 PM, The Mtn.
at UNLV L 58–60  9–6 (0–1)
Thomas & Mack Center (14,189)
Paradise, NV
01/06/2009*
7:00 PM
UTEP L 60–73  9–7
University Arena (13,713)
Albuquerque, NM
01/10/2009
7:30 PM, The Mtn.
Air Force W 78–53  10–7 (1–1)
University Arena (15,212)
Albuquerque, NM
01/17/2009
2:00 PM, Versus
BYU W 81–62  11–7 (2–1)
University Arena (15,277)
Albuquerque, NM
01/21/2009
8:30 PM, The Mtn.
at San Diego State L 76–81  11–8 (2–2)
Cox Arena (8,001)
San Diego, CA
01/24/2009
6:00 PM
at TCU W 69–52  12–8 (3–2)
Daniel–Meyer Coliseum (5,590)
Fort Worth, TX
01/28/2009
7:30 PM, The Mtn.
Colorado State W 68–50  13–8 (4–2)
University Arena (13,157)
Albuquerque, NM
01/31/2009
1:30 PM, The Mtn.
at Utah L 68–69  13–9 (4–3)
Jon M. Huntsman Center (9,676)
Salt Lake City, UT
02/03/2009
8:00 PM, CBSCS
Wyoming W 86–57  14–9 (5–3)
University Arena (13,081)
Albuquerque, NM
02/07/2009
6:00 PM, CBSCS
UNLV W 73–69 OT 15–9 (6–3)
University Arena (17,407)
Albuquerque, NM
02/11/2009
8:00 PM, CBSCS
at Air Force W 76–66  16–9 (7–3)
Clune Arena (1,874)
Colorado Springs, CO
02/17/2009
8:00 PM, The Mtn.
at BYU L 62–73  16–10 (7–4)
Marriott Center (12,911)
Provo, UT
02/21/2009
1:00 PM, Versus
San Diego State W 75–49  17–10 (8–4)
University Arena (16,801)
Albuquerque, NM
02/24/2009
6:30 PM, The Mtn.
TCU W 76–62  18–10 (9–4)
University Arena (14,777)
Albuquerque, NM
02/28/2009
7:00 PM
at Colorado State W 81–79 2OT 19–10 (10–4)
Moby Arena (3,023)
Fort Collins, CO
03/03/2009
7:00 PM, The Mtn.
Utah W 77–71  20–10 (11–4)
University Arena (18,018)
Albuquerque, NM
03/07/2009
1:30 PM, The Mtn.
at Wyoming W 74–73  21–10 (12–4)
Arena-Auditorium (7,412)
Laramie, WY
2009 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament
03/12/2009
9:30 PM, The Mtn.
vs. Wyoming
Quarterfinals
L 67–75  21–11
Thomas & Mack Center (10,011)
Paradise, NV
2009 National Invitation Tournament
03/17/2009*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Nebraska
First Round
W 83–71  22–11
University Arena (7,974)
Albuquerque, NM
03/19/2010*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
at Notre Dame
Second Round
L 66–70  22–12
Joyce Center (3,013)
Notre Dame, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Mark (March 8, 2009). "Champs at last!". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Stevens, Richard (March 18, 2009). "Lobos Roll Nebraska 83-71 to Advance to NIT Second Round". New Mexico Lobos. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Stevens, Richard (March 19, 2009). "Lobo Comeback Falls Short in 70-68 NIT loss at Notre Dame". New Mexico Lobos. Retrieved July 31, 2015.