Post-Game Notes: (10/10) San Diego State 51, (21/21) New Mexico 48
Streaks and trends
*New Mexico dropped a 51-48 decision to No. 10 San Diego State 51-48 to drop to 24-6 overall and 15-3 in the Mountain West.
*New Mexico will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will play the winner of No. 7 Fresno State and No. 10 Air Force in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 7 p.m. Mountain Time on CBS Sports Network.
*San Diego State won the regular season title with a 16-2 record with the win. New Mexico’s 15 conference wins is a Mountain West era high for the team, and the most in a conference season in school history.
*UNM completed its season 8-3 on the road. The only way it can play a road game is if it faces UNLV in the Mountain West Championship game.
*New Mexico is now 20-2 when leading at the half, and 12-2 in conference games.
*UNM is now 21-3 when shooting above 40% this season, 41-4 in the last 45, and 65-5 in the last three seasons.
*UNM has held six straight opponents under 60 points, and 13 straight under its scoring average. It’s the first time holding six straight under 60 points since a string of 13 straight to open the 1964-65 season. Craig Neal was not yet one year old when that streak started.
*New Mexico has gone 24-4 in its last 28 games vs. MW teams, with the four losses by combined eight points, and all with a chance for UNM to take the lead in the final 30 seconds.
*The Lobos led at the break 26-20. It was the 15th time in 18 conference games that UNM has allowed 31 points or fewer in the first half.
*The 20 points ties for the fewest allowed in the opening half this season, as UNM led Cincinnati 27-20 at the break as well as Air Force 34-20.
*New Mexico led by 16 at 41-25 with 12:05 to go after a 15-0 run, but SDSU outscored UNM 26-7 the rest of the game.
Head Coach Craig Neal
*Still is tied for the most wins by a first-year head coach at UNM with 24. He is tied with former boss Steve Alford, who went 24-9 in his first season at UNM.
*He is four wins away from moving into the top 10 in NCAA history for most wins ever by a first year head coach in Division I history.
Junior C Alex Kirk
*Had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was his 14th double-double of the season, moving him into a tie for eighth on the single-season list.
*It was also his 24th career, moving him into a tie on the career list there as well.
*Remained ninth on the career rebounds list with 651.
*Is now sixth on the single-season blocked shots list with 81.
Senior F Cameron Bairstow
*Scored 20 points, his 29th double-figure scoring game of the season
*His 20 points gives him 19 20-point games on the year. For the entirely of the 2012-13 season, the Lobos as a team had just 16 20-point games.
*Passed David Chiotti and Phillip McDonald for 24th on the career scoring list with 1,154 points.
*Became the 14th player in school history with a 600-point season, and now is 12th on the single-season list with 609 points.
*Won the Mountain West scoring title.
*Finished third in Mountain West single-season history with 368 points.
*Now has 602 rebounds, good for 16th on the career list.
*10th player in school history with 1,100 points and 600 rebounds.
Senior G Kendall Williams
*Tied with four other players in games played with 133, tying for fourth.
*Scored seven points, and moved within eight point of Luc Longley for sixth place on the UNM scoring list
*Was only the second time this season that he scored in single-digits.
*Tied Willie Banks for fifth on the career steals list with 182
Freshman G Cullen Neal
*Scored two points, making just one field. UNM is now 17-0 when he records at least two field goals in a game and just 7-6 when he doesn’t.