Post-Game Notes: (20/20) New Mexico 70, Boise State 67
Streaks and trends
*New Mexico defeated Boise State 70-67 to advance to the Mountain West championship game for the third straight year.
*New Mexico now has 13 win away from The Pit, third-most in school history. Twice UNM has won 14 away from The Pit
*New Mexico is now 22-2 when leading at the half.
*UNM is now 23-3 when shooting above 40% this season, 43-4 in the last 47, and 67-5 in the last three seasons.
*New Mexico has gone 26-4 in its last 30 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 35-29. It was only the 15 time in the last 20 games that a team has fewer than 33 or more in the opening half against UNM.
*New Mexico never trailed in the game for the second straight game. UNM was tied twice in the contest…at 2-2 and 46-46.
*New Mexico in three games against Boise State trailed for a grand total of 2:13.
*New Mexico has not trailed in the tournament.
*New Mexico had four 0-for-2s from the free throw line in the game.
Head Coach Craig Neal
*Improved to 26-6 in his career, and he is the winningest first year coach in school history. Alford went 24-9 in 2007-08.
*He is two 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
*Grabbed 11 rebounds and moved ahead of Drew Gordon into eighth on the career rebounds list with 668.
*Is sixth on the single-season blocked shots list with 83.
Senior F Cameron Bairstow
*Scored 21 points, his 31st double-figure scoring game of the season
*Stayed 21st in career scoring with 1,196 points.
*Is now 6th on the single-season scoring list with 651 points, passing Charles Smith and Johnny Brown.
*Now has 620 rebounds, good for a tie for 14th on the career list with Ben Monroe.
*10th player in school history with 1,100 points and 600 rebounds.
*Now has 21 20-point games this season. Last year the Lobos as a team had just 16 20-points games as a group.
*Now has made 204 free throws this season, moving all the way from 6th to 2nd on the list.
*Now has attempted 277 free throws, moving from 4th to 2nd.
*Tied countryman Luc Longley on the games played list with 132, which is 10th.
Senior G Kendall Williams
*Tied Dairese Gary for third in career games played at UNM with 135.
*Scored 16 points and passed Ruben Douglas for fifth on the school career scoring list with 1,794
*Moved ahead of Phil Smith with 549 career made free throws, the most in school history.
*Now has 719 career free throw attempts, moving into third ahead of Dairese Gary.
Junior G Deshawn Delaney
*Scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding four assists with no turnovers.
Freshman G Cullen Neal
*UNM is now 18-0 when he records at least two field goals in a game and just 8-6 when he doesn’t, and he went 0-for-3.