No. 23 New Mexico torches Alabama A&M, 88-52

Posted at: 11/09/2013 10:23 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2013 10:38 PM
By: Shaun Griswold,

Fast and easy work in No. 23 New Mexico’s 88-52 season opening win against Alabama A&M.

Head coach Craig Neal made it abundantly clear he was not going to show much of his team’s strategy in their two exhibition wins. What fans saw Saturday night at The Pit was a relentless offense and a deep bench. 

Although, Alabama A&M is a team that could easily fit into an exhibition schedule.

Is there any more Neal isn’t sharing about his team?

“I think we could’ve made it a little faster,” Neal said.

That’s a scary thought.

Senior Kendall Williams capped an early 10-0 run to start the game, he finished with 17 points. Cameron Bairstow led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, his fellow big man Alex Kirk dropped 16 points and even freshman Cullen Neal scored in double digits (12).

The big duo had 23 rebounds combined.

Most impressively, 10 different Lobos scored in the game and 11 players had minutes in the first half.

Defensively, the Lobos (1-0) gave Alabama A&M very little opportunities.

New Mexico forced 8 turnovers and had 8 blocks in the game.

Deshawn Delaney joined Bairstow and Kirk with 2 blocks each.

Alabama A&M was led with 17 points from Jeremy Crutcher.

The team from the SWAC shot 26.8% from the field and was 8-32 from beyond the arc.

With the fast pace UNM had 40 points in the paint.