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No. 15 New Mexico soars past Air Force

Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Tony Snell, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk scored 14 points apiece to lead No. 15 New Mexico past Air Force, 81-58, at The Pit.

Bairstow and Kirk added nine and eight rebounds, respectively, while Hugh Greenwood finished with 13 points and Kendall Williams netted 11 for the Lobos (20-3, 7-1 MWC), who have won three straight.

Mike Fitzgerald and Michael Lyons each scored 16 points to pace Air Force (14-7, 5-3), which had its five-game win streak snapped.

After a Taylor Broekhuis 3-pointer brought Air Force within 7-5 just over three minutes into the game, the Lobos embarked on a 19-7 run to go on top, 26-12.

Air Force responded with a 14-7 run that included triples by Todd Fletcher and DeLovell Earls to get back within 33-26, but New Mexico netted the next nine points to reopen a 16-point lead before Fitzgerald's 3-pointer made it a 42-29 game at the break.

The Falcons scored seven of the first 10 points of the second half to get back within 45-36, but they would get no closer until Marek Olesinski later capped a brief 6-0 spurt with a 3-pointer to cut Air Force's deficit to 54-48 near the midpoint of the frame.

New Mexico, however, responded with a 17-4 run to take a comfortable 71-52 lead with just over four minutes to play and then cruised to the victory.

Game Notes

The Lobos hold a 54-18 lead in the all-time series ... New Mexico shot 48.1 percent from the floor, including a 9-for-20 mark 3-point range ... Air Force shot 40.0 percent and went 7-for-24 from beyond the arc.

02/06 23:49:17 ET