Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

BYU Has Lobos Reeling.(Sports)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

UNM BASKETBALL: SPLITDECISION

UNM's NCAA Hopes Now Rest With MWC Tournament

So much for the debate.

Whether the University of New Mexico men's basketball team still was alive for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid now is all academic.

Brigham Young saw to that with a 72-67 victory against the Lobos on Thursday night in the Pit.

The Cougars' senior inside-outside duo of Terrell Lyday and Mekeli Wesley combined for 51 points.

The Lobos almost assuredly will need to win next week's Mountain West Conference tournament to qualify for the NCAAs. UNM (17-10, 6-7) closes its regular season at home Saturday against Utah, which was shocked 71-64 at Air Force on Thursday.

If the Lobos fall to the Utes, they'll finish with a losing conference record for the first time since the 1982-83 season. …

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