No. 25 New Mexico pulls out victory against Nevada, 72-58

Posted at: 03/02/2014 6:06 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2014 6:21 PM
By: Shaun Griswold,

New Mexico overcame a slow start in Reno to top Nevada 72-58 on Sunday.

Kendall Williams scored 11 points and dished 10 assists as he set the career Mountain West assists record (273) in the victory.

Nevada (13-16, 8-8) was up 31-17 before the Lobos took a 10-0 run to end the first half.

No. 25 New Mexico (23-5, 14-2) was led by Cameron Bairstow - also vulnerable to the slow start - with 22 points on 7 for 13 field goal shooting.

Alex Kirk didn’t make anything easy for the Wolf Pack in the paint as he finished with a double double, 10 points and 11 boards.

Nevada was led with 15 points from Deonte Burton and Cole Huff. However the Wolf Pack was plagued by poor free throw shooting at the end of the game.

New Mexico took the lead with 15:23 left in the game off an assist from Williams to Bairstow. The Wolf Pack would tie the game with under ten minutes to play.

Much like the Lobos last victory, the bench proved valuable to the win.

Cullen Neal (8 pts) scored five quick points and Hugh Greenwood hit his first basket of the night off an open 3-point shot to put New Mexico up for good.

Cleveland Thomas was also big during that stretch. He finished with 7 points as the New Mexico bench outscored the Wolf Pack bench, 17-4.

Nevada was just 2 for 8 from the free throw line down the stretch. That allowed New Mexico to expand its lead.

The Lobos, hindered by 6 turnovers in the first half, kept better control of the ball and allowed just one turnover in the second half.

Deshawn Delaney propelled the second half comeback with six points out of the gate to start the half.