Lobos clinch Mountain West title; fans prepped for March Madness

Posted at: 03/02/2013 4:57 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2013 10:12 PM
By: Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and No. 14 New Mexico clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 53-42 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.

The Lobos (25-4, 12-2 MWC) went 21 for 27 from the free throw line. Riley Grabau scored 14 points for the Cowboys (18-11, 4-11).

New Mexico closed the first half on a 13-6 run after Kendall Williams picked off a pass deep in the Wyoming end and turned it into a dunk just before the buzzer for a 25-19 lead.

Wyoming went 3 for 7 from the free throw.

The Cowboys didn't make its first free throwsuntil 6 minutes remained.

New Mexico went almost 9 minutes without a basket in the second half but the Jaspers went 7 for 9 from the line in the midst of a 13-3 run that pushed the lead to 46-34 with 4 minutes left.

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Colorado State lost to Boise State 78-65. The loss by the Rams gives the Lobos the outright conference title. 

This was also the last home game for New Mexico seniors Jamal Fenton and Chad Adams. 

New Mexico will ends its season with two road games next week. 

This is the fourth regular season title in five years under New Mexico head coach Steve Alford.

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