No. 17 New Mexico beats New Mexico State 73-58

No. 17 New Mexico beats New Mexico State 73-58
December 15, 2012, 8:41 pm
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Alex Kirk scored seven of his 15 points in an early New Mexico run to help the No. 17 Lobos beat downstate rival New Mexico State 73-58 on Saturday.

Kendall Williams added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lobos (11-0), while Chad Adams had his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Kirk also equaled a career high with five blocks, part of a strong New Mexico defensive performance that limited the Aggies to 32.8 percent shooting from the field. New Mexico State shot 8 for 30 in the second half and made just four of 16 3-pointers.

Daniel Mullings scored 14 to lead New Mexico State (5-5). He was the only Aggies player in double figures.

The Lobos went on a decisive 11-2 run midway through the first half, turning a 17-14 lead into a 28-16 advantage.

The Aggies pulled to 43-36 early in the second half, but New Mexico regained a double-digit lead with an 11-4 surge. Adams and Jamal Fenton hit 3-pointers during the run.

New Mexico blocked 11 shots, with guard Hugh Greenwood swatting away four. The Lobos also had a season-low six turnovers, outscoring New Mexico State 17-9 off miscues.

New Mexico was 26 for 35 from the free throw line, while the Aggies went 16 of 19.

Tyrone Watson, New Mexico State's second-leading scorer, missed all five of his shots from the field and finished with four points and 11 rebounds.