Double Double...Animal Style

Posted at: 02/15/2014 10:09 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2014 10:16 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

Kirk's 29 points was the 3rd highest of his career
Kirk's 29 points was the 3rd highest of his career

Bairstow and Kirk combined for 53 points vs Nevada
Bairstow and Kirk combined for 53 points vs Nevada

Bairstow scored 24 points against Nevada
Bairstow scored 24 points against Nevada

UNM's twin towers of Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow dominated Nevada on Saturday.  The two combined for 53 points in UNM's 90-72 win.

"I thought my big guys were as dominant as I've ever seen them," said head coach Craig Neal. "Twenty-four and 29 points, 12-of-12 from the line, they're pretty dang good."

Kirk's 29 point performance is his first 20-point game since November.  It was the third-highest total of his career.  Kirk also set a career-high with five assists.

"Alex Kirk is a local kid and he's very coachable," added Neal.  "I talked to him about getting his body on people instead of using his arms. He did a great job tonight. They didn't trap us tonight so we were able to do pretty much whatever we wanted in the paint."

"I felt like I played good first half in Boise and I wanted to continue that tonight," Kirk said after the game.

Bairstow's 24 points is his 23rd double figure scoring game this season.  He also had 11 rebounds for a double-double, his sixth of the season and eighth of his career.

The Lobos improved to 10-2 in Mountain West play, 19-5 overall.  UNM is at UNLV on Wednesday night.