Post-Game Notes: (--/RV) New Mexico 69, San Jose State 65
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/11/2014

Streaks and trends

*New Mexico won 69-65 over San Jose State, improving to 12-3 and 3-0 in Mountain West play.

*UNM now leads the all-time series with SJSU 7-0, and the Lobos are 2-0 against SJSU in the Events Center.

*UNM is 3-0 in conference play, marking the 2nd best Mountain West start in school history, behind the 4-0 start last year.

In-Game Notes

*After going just 1-for-10 from the three-point line in the first half, UNM hit their first three of the second half and 7-of-10 overall in the second half.

*New Mexico trailed by four with 7:16 to go, and the game was tied at 63-63 after a three-pointer from Rashad Muhammad, but Kendall Williams gave UNM the lead for good with a runner in the lane with 58.8 left.

*For the second straight game, a potential game-tying or winning shot was blocked by a UNM big man as Cameron Bairstow blocked a Jaleel Williams three with 37 seconds left.

*UNM improved to 2-3 when shooting under 40% for the game (UNM was .390).  The Lobos are a perfect 10-0 this year when hitting 40%.

*UNM’s seven turnovers were a season-low, and it marked the third straight game, all in conference, that UNM was in single-digit turnovers.  UNM is averaging 7.7 turnovers per conference game.

 Head Coach Craig Neal

*Craig Neal is now 12-3 as a head coach with New Mexico, and he is 3-1 in road games.  He is also 3-0 in Mountain West play

*He is the fifth coach in school history to begin his career with at least a 12-3 mark (Alford, Ellenberger, Clements all 13-2, King 12-3), and his 3-0 mark to open his career in conference is the second-best mark in school history, behind Norm Ellenberger, who went 5-0 in the WAC to start his career.

Senior F Cameron Bairstow

*Had 15 points and five rebounds, his 14th double-figure scoring game on the season.

*His block with 37 seconds left effectively was a game-saver.

 Senior G Kendall Williams

*Scored 19 points to give him double-figures in all 15 games this season. 

*Scored 10 of UNM’s final 11 points, including a game-winner with 58.8 left.

*Kendall also had seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.

*Now has 1,543 career points, moving into ninth place in school history, one point ahead of Willie Long.  He also passed Mel Daniels for 10th place as well.

*Moved ahead of Tony Snell and into 10th place in career three-point attempts with 439.

*Moved ahead of Ruben Douglas and into fourth place with 490 made free throws.

*Moved ahead of Charles Smith and into 10th place on the career minutes list with 3,786.

 Junior G Deshawn Delaney

*Hit a career-high three threes and scored a career-high 12 points.  He entered the game with three three-pointers made all year.  Overall on the week he made five in the last two games after making just one in the first 13.

*Also had a career-high three steals.

 Freshman C Obij Aget

 *Hit both of his shots for 4 points, tying his career-high, set originally against Grand Canyon.  The two made field goals was a career-best

Junior C Alex Kirk

*Missed double-figures but filled the stat sheet up with nine points and seven rebounds.

*Credited with one block and now has 126 in his career, tying Rob Loeffel for fifth on the UNM career list.

*Moved ahead of Francis Grant into 23rd place in career total rebounds with 548.