Kuiper poised to have breakout senior season at New Mexico

November 6, 2018
Dane Kuiper basketball

Dane Kuiper

If the season opener for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team is any indication of what’s going to happen this season, we can expect a breakout senior season from Wasilla’s Dane Kuiper.

The 6-foot-7 forward netted nine of his 15 points in the second half as the Lobos escaped with an 87-84 win over Cal State Northridge in California.

He played 26 minutes compared to his 18-minute career average and his point total tripled his career scoring average.

Kuiper, of Wasilla High fame, had a hand in 12 of New Mexico’s 45 second-half points.

He drilled a 3-pointer to open the half and two minutes later stole the ball and drained another trey to put team up 48-44.

At the 8:52 mark he converted an old-fashioned three-point play and two minutes later he assisted on a 3-point shot to put the Lobos up 72-68.

Kuiper made 5-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-5 on 3s. He added four rebounds, two steals and one assist.