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The Western New Mexico University men's basketball team made some timely shots and got some important stops on the defensive end in the closing minutes Saturday afternoon to defeat the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks by a score 74-70. The matchup featured the two winners from the first day of the Conference Challenge, an annual classic played between two teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Lone Star Conference.

Early on it was a tight game as neither team could grab a commanding lead. Both teams were finally able to get some offense going, and the Mustangs took the largest lead for either team in the first half at 24-16 on a mid-range jumper by Alfredo Rodriguez (Aguascalientes, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy). Fort Lewis would cut into the deficit before halftime, but Western would go to the locker room leading 34-30.

The Western New Mexico University men's basketball team came back from 17 points down in the second half to defeat New Mexico Highlands University on Friday night in the Rudy Davalos Center on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

The scoring was tight early on until the Mustangs managed to open up a 26-18 lead after senior Leston Gordon (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago/Tunapuna Government Secondary) knocked down three straight shots in the paint. Highlands would answer back, narrowing the gap to one at 33-32 with just over three minutes to play in the first half when Gerad Davis came up with a steal and converted the layup in transition. Some tough full-court press defense from the Cowboys that led to offense enabled them to go into halftime leading the Mustangs, 41-34

In their second game of the Conference Challenge the Western New Mexico Women's basketball team faced up against in-state foe New Mexico Highlands.

Coming off a thrilling overtime win nearly 24 hours before, the Lady Mustangs looked to start the season 2-0 for the second time under Head Coach Lauren Unger. In Coach Unger's first season (16'-17') the Mustangs defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State (87-61) and Rogers State (63-61) to open the season.

Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy ) came up big tonight for the Mustangs, hitting two big three-pointers in a 70-68 win over Fort Lewis in overtime.

Western trailed most of the game, with the Skyhawks outscoring the Mustangs 12-17 in the first, 16-18 in the second and 11-13 in the third. Sharp shooting and tough defense sparked a 20-11 fourth quarter run for the Mustangs taking a 49-48 lead on a Ciara Fields (El Paso, TX/El Dorado) 3-pointer.

The Western New Mexico University men's basketball team came back from 17 points down in the second half to defeat New Mexico Highlands University on Friday night in the Rudy Davalos Center on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

The scoring was tight early on until the Mustangs managed to open up a 26-18 lead after senior Leston Gordon (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago/Tunapuna Government Secondary) knocked down three straight shots in the paint. Highlands would answer back, narrowing the gap to one at 33-32 with just over three minutes to play in the first half when Gerad Davis came up with a steal and converted the layup in transition. Some tough full-court press defense from the Cowboys that led to offense enabled them to go into halftime leading the Mustangs, 41-34

The Western New Mexico Men's Basketball team heads to Albuquerque to kick off the regular season against former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) foes, Fort Lewis College and New Mexico Highlands University. Games will be played in The Pit at Dreamstyle Arena and the Davalos Basketball Center located on the University of New Mexico campus on Friday and Saturday. 

The Mustangs come off a 95-44 exhibition loss against the University of Arizona last week. Senior guard Willie McCray finished with nine points, going 3-12 from the field, adding four rebounds, three assists, and four steals to lead the Mustangs. Senior transfer Leston Gordon finished 3-6 from the field for six points, while freshman Tony Avalos tallied seven points, one assist and one steal, going 3-5 from the field. 

New Mexico Highlands enters the weekend coming off an 83-61 exhibition loss to the University of Evansville. The Cowboys were led by senior transfer Gerad Davis who racked up 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Redshirt junior Raquan Mitchell followed up with 15 points and five rebounds and senior Nnamdi Okoro grabbed 11 rebounds. The Cowboys shot 34 percent from the field and 21 percent from 3-point range in the loss. 

Coming off an exhibition loss against Division I University of Arizona, the Mustang Women's Basketball team look to capitalize on their strong performance as they travel to Portales for a Conference Challenge. The Mustangs will face off against former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes, Fort Lewis College, Friday at 4:30 and New Mexico Highlands, Saturday at 5:30 p.m (MST) in Greyhound Arena on the campus of Eastern New Mexico.

Despite dropping the first matches of the season, the Lady Mustangs kept up against their Division I opponents. The Mustangs opened the season at the University of Texas-El Paso falling 65-44, but outscored the Miners 15-12 in the third quarter, and kept it close with the Wildcats in the second falling 41-78.

WNMU women's basketball completed their final exhibition game of the preseason traveling to Tucson to take on the University of Arizona. WNMU got off to a slow start falling behind 20-5 after the first quarter, but were able to right the ship and competed with the D-I Wildcats through most of the game.

Arizona hit 3 shots from beyond the arc to open up play in the first quarter and held the Lady Stangs to 1-13 from the floor in the first stanza. The Wildcats would continue their hot shooting from the three point area finishing the night hitting 11 of 13 from downtown.

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