Sunday, February 23
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cameron Bairstow scored 26 points, including 10 during a second-half run that led New Mexico to a 58-44 victory over No. 6 San Diego State on Saturday night.
Kendall Williams added 10 points for the Lobos (21-5, 12-2 Mountain West), who were 50 percent (25 for 50) from the field. Bairstow, who also had nine rebounds, shot 11 for 18 and was the only New Mexico player to attempt a free throw, finishing 4 for 6.
Williams had seven assists and Alex Kirk also grabbed nine rebounds.
Winston Shepard had 10 points for the Aztecs (23-3, 12-2), but leading scorer Xavier Thames shot 3 for 15 and finished with seven points — 10 below his average. San Diego State shot 32 percent (21 for 65).
The Lobos took the lead for good early in the first half with a 10-2 run to go up 16-8. San Diego State closed to 23-20 with an 8-0 run shortly before halftime.
However, after the Aztecs opened the second half with a bucket to pull to 29-24, New Mexico went on 21-2 run that featured Bairstow's 10 points and Williams making two 3-pointers to expand the lead to 50-26.
San Diego State, which shot 32 percent (21 for 65), didn't pull within single digits the rest of the way.