No. 25 New Mexico Beats Nevada 72-58

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Cameron Bairstow scored 22 points as No. 25 New Mexico overcame an early 14-point deficit to claim its fifth straight win, a 72-58 victory over Nevada on Sunday.

Kendall Williams added 11 points and 10 assists and Alex Kirk had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (24-5, 14-2 Mountain West), who remain tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference with No. 13 San Diego State.

The Lobos host Air Force on Wednesday before their regular season finale on Saturday at San Diego State.

Deonte Burton and Cole Huff had 15 points each for the Wolf Pack (13-16, 8-8), who held a 31-17 lead but were outscored 10-0 over the last 4:28 of the first half.

Huff's baseline jumper tied the game at 49-all with 9:04 remaining but Cullen Neal followed a 3-pointer with two free throws and Hugh Greenwood made his first 3-pointer to give the Lobos a 57-49 lead with 6:41 left.

Burton's dunk cut it to 62-56 but Barstow hit a jumper and Greenwood and Cleveland Thomas made consecutive 3-pointers for a comfortable 70-56 lead with about 1:30 remaining.

Bairstow, who was 7 of 13 from the field, entered the game leading the conference in scoring with an average of 20.2 per game. Burton is second at 19.9 but he was held below his average again after scoring only 12 points in a 90-72 loss at New Mexico on Feb. 15.

New Mexico turned the ball over five times in the first 8 minutes before Nevada went on an 11-2 run midway through the half to open a 26-15 lead. It grew to 31-17 when Burton followed Huff's 3-pointer from the corner with two free throws with 4:28 left. But New Mexico answered with the 10-0 run capped by Bairstow's inside basket to cut it to 31-27 at halftime.

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