No. 25 New Mexico trounces Fresno State
Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Alex Kirk posted game highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 25 New Mexico to a 72-45 win over Fresno State at The Pit on Saturday.
Tony Snell and Cameron Bairstow added 16 points and five boards apiece for the Lobos (15-2, 2-0 MWC), who improved to 9-1 at home this season.
Marvelle Harris scored 11 points and Robert Upshaw added nine for the Bulldogs (6-9, 0-2), who have dropped two in a row and six of their last seven.
New Mexico raced out to a 17-8 lead early in the first half, but Fresno State was able to cut it to 17-14 following a Kevin Olekaibe 3-pointer at the 11:13 mark.
The Lobos scored the next six points for a 23-14 advantage, but the Bulldogs responded with a 6-0 swing of their own to make it 23-20 with just over six minutes remaining in the half.
New Mexico closed the first half on a 16-2 surge to take a 39-22 lead into the break.
The Lobos kept their foot on the gas in the early parts of the second, pushing its spread to 46-23.
Harris, though, ended the drought with a triple and an Upshaw jumper with 12 1/2 minutes left made it a 51-32 game.
The teams traded buckets until a pair of Snell free throws with 2:41 left sparked a 10-1 run than accounted for the final margin.
The Lobos shot 49.2 percent (29-for-59) from the floor and held the Bulldogs to 33.3 percent (16-for-48) shooting ... Jamal Fenton scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds off the bench for New Mexico ... Both teams struggled from 3-point range. The Lobos went just 2-for-12 from behind the arc and Fresno State finished 5-for-20 from downtown ... New Mexico owns a 9-7 advantage in the all-time series.
01/12 17:45:17 ET