Hendrix shines in 2nd half to sparkle in New Mexico Lobos debut

December 19, 2019
Vante Hendrix basketball

Vante Hendrix

Anchorage’s Vante Hendrix didn’t hold back in his first game with the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.

The sophomore transfer scored all 12 of his points in a 10-minute span of the second half as the Lobos pulled away for a 91-71 rout of Grand Canyon in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I wasn’t even shy, honestly,” he told reporters. “I was just out there playing. It felt really good.”

Hendrix, of West High fame, logged 18 minutes and finished 4-of-6 from 3-point land.

He added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Hendrix was close to his career high of 14 points set in 2018 when he played for the University of Utah. This was only his fifth college game – four for Utah, one for New Mexico.

Lobos senior Carlton Bragg Jr. is grateful to have Hendrix, who was ruled eligible by the NCAA prior to the game.

“He is another energy guy,” Bragg said. “Defensively, he is going to attack you. He is going to be the aggressor and he is going to be the bulldog we need.”

Hendrix at one point had a hand in nine straight points on back-to-back 3-pointers and an assist on a Bragg layup.