Posted at: 03/13/2014 9:19 PM
Updated at: 03/13/2014 10:00 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
Cameron Bairstow scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 20 New Mexico advanced in the Mountain West tournament with a 93-77 win over Fresno State.
The Lobos have a late contest tomorrow as they will play the winner between Boise State and Nevada at 9:30 p.m.
Poor shooting by Fresno State (17-15, 9-9) allowed New Mexico to jump to a 14-4 lead to start the game.
New Mexico (25-6, 15-3) created success in the paint as big men Alex Kirk and Bairstow were not matched by anyone in a Fresno State jersey. The Lobos outrebounded Fresno 40-25 and had 14 second chance points.
Fresno State did force Bairstow to the bench with foul trouble, but still had no option against Kirk. He finished with 21 points and 6 boards.
Kendall Williams shot sluggish to start the game but left his teammates with opportunities to score. He turned around a 1-6 shooting effort to finish with 17 points and 9 assists.
Allen Huddleston came off the bench to lead Fresno State with 18 points.
The Bulldogs had four players score in double digits. The Lobos held Fresno’s leading scorer Tyler Johnson to just 2 points off 1-7 shooting.
Fresno State shot just 39 percent from the field and allowed a 56 percent shooting effort by New Mexico.
Hugh Greenwood had 8 points and 8 rebounds, Deshawn Delaney scored 9 points to round out a fruitful night for New Mexico’s starters.
At the other end of the bracket, No. 8 San Diego State will play UNLV for a spot in Saturday’s championship game.