March 02, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP)- Cameron Bairstow scored 22 points as No. 25 New Mexico overcame an early 14-point deficit to claim its fifth straight win, a 72-58 victory over Nevada on Sunday.
Kendall Williams added 11 points and 10 assists and Alex Kirk had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (24-5, 14-2 Mountain West), who remain tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference with No. 13 San Diego State.
The Lobos host Air Force on Wednesday before their regular season finale on Saturday at San Diego State.
Huff's baseline jumper tied the game at 49-all with 9:04 remaining but Cullen Neal followed a 3-pointer with two free throws and Hugh Greenwood made his first 3-pointer to give the Lobos a 57-49 lead with 6:41 left.
Burton's dunk cut it to 62-56 but Barstow hit a jumper and Greenwood and Cleveland Thomas made consecutive 3-pointers for a comfortable 70-56 lead with about 1:30 remaining.
Bairstow, who was 7 of 13 from the field, entered the game leading the conference in scoring with an average of 20.2 per game. Burton is second at 19.9 but he was held below his average again after scoring only 12 points in a 90-72 loss at New Mexico on Feb. 15.
New Mexico turned the ball over five times in the first 8 minutes before Nevada went on an 11-2 run midway through the half to open a 26-15 lead. It grew to 31-17 when Burton followed Huff's 3-pointer from the corner with two free throws with 4:28 left. But New Mexico answered with the 10-0 run capped by Bairstow's inside basket to cut it to 31-27 at halftime.
Nevada men’s basketball postgame notes
Nevada is 13-16 overall and 8-8 in the Mountain West after falling 72-58 to #25 New Mexico (23-5, 14-2 MW) at home today.
Nevada plays at Boise State (19-10, 9-7 MW) on Wednesday.
The Wolf Pack is 6-8 at home.
Nevada is tied for fifth in the MW standings with Wyoming.
The 58 points equals the season low. The Pack scored 58 at San Diego State and versus Morehead State.
Deonte Burton and Cole Huff tied for team-high honors with 15 points each. It’s the 21st time Burton has led the Pack in scoring and fourth for Huff.
Burton has scored in double figures in 28-of-29 games this season.
Huff reached double figures for the ninth consecutive game and 19th time this season.
AJ West was the third Pack player in double figures with 10 points. West led Nevada in rebounding for the ninth time finishing with seven.
Head coach David Carter is 87-74 in his fifth season at Nevada.
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