Posted at: 01/12/2013 12:24 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 1:52 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
Trap game this was not.
The New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team dismantled visiting Fresno State 72-45 in The Pit on Saturday.
Usual starters Kendall Williams and Chad Adams rode the bench to open the game.
The last time Williams was benched in an afternoon game where UNM was favored the Lobos lost to South Dakota State.
Williams never entered the game and the Lobos did not struggle this time.
The Lobos (15-2, 2-0 MWC) had three different players score in double digits.
Alex Kirk led all scorers with 19 points. Forward Cameron Bairstow and guard Tony Snell chipped in 16 points apiece.
Fresno State (6-9, 0-2 MWC) was down 32-29 in the first half, and never had the chance to gain an advantage in the second half.
The Bulldogs, winless in their first two Mountain West Conference games, will host Wyoming next.
Marvelle Harris led the Bulldogs scoring effort with 11 points. No other Fresno State player scored in double digits.
It wasn’t all cherry for the Lobos. UNM shot a pathetic 2 for 12 from the 3-point line. However, the Lobos offset poor outside shooting with great interior play. The Lobos shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs 42-21.
The No. 25 New Mexico men’s basketball team continues it’s Mountain West Conference schedule at home against Fresno State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs (6-8, 0-1 MWC) will play the Lobos for the first time in the Mountain.
The two teams were members of the old WAC and last played each other in 1999.
The Lobos lead the overall series 8-7. The Lobos (14-2, 1-0 MWC) are coming off a home victory against UNLV, 65-60.
Big man Alex Kirk proved he is ready to play big time in conference.
The redshirt sophomore scored 23 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and was an overall nuisance for the Rebel’s NBA Draft Lottery prospect Anthony Bennett.
Fresno State opened the new year with a loss to conference power San Diego State.
Kevin Foster led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points scored during the 65-62 loss against the Aztecs. Tyler Johnson is the leading scorer for Fresno State, averaging 10.1 points per game. Foster leads the team in rebound with 6.8 per game.
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