Postgame Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/05/2011

Jan. 5, 2011

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New Mexico vs. Cal State Bakersfield - Postgame Notes
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 • Albuquerque, N.M.

• New Mexico completes the non-conference season with a 12-3 record following a 102-62 victory over Cal State Bakersfield

Alex Kirk set a UNM freshman scoring record with 31 points in just 21 minutes...the previous record was 30 points by Kenny Thomas against Utah in the 1996 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game (March 9, 1996)

• Kirk also tied a Mountain West Conference scoring record by a freshman...Evan Burns scored 31 against New Mexico on Feb. 24, 2003, while Wyoming's Desmar Jackson had 31 against Utah on Feb. 27, 2010

• UNM has had two different players score at least 20 points this season, both by freshmen: 20 by Kendall Williams against Longwood and 31 tonight by Alex Kirk

• The Lobos reach the 100-point mark for the first time since a 103-70 decision over Ole Miss on Dec. 13, 2008...it's the fourth 100-point game for UNM under Steve Alford

• UNM is 77-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game

• The score was tied at 20-all at the 9:56 mark before UNM went on a 16-0 run over the next 4:08...five different Lobos scored during the burst...the Roadrunners were scoreless for 4:48

• The Lobos started the game making just 5 of 15 shots from the floor...they finished the final 11:46 of the 1st half hitting 14 of their final 21 FGs (67%)...UNM shot 56.7% (38-67) for the game

• The Lobos have had at least a 20-point lead in all eight home games this year

• The 50-point first half marked the second time UNM scored at least 50 in a half this year...the Lobos scored 52 in the second half against Longwood

• UNM is 36-3 the last 39 games it outrebounds the opponent

• UNM has won 15 straight home games overall and 19 in a row at home against non-conference competition...the last non-conference home loss was to UTEP (73-60) on Jan. 6, 2009

• Attendance was 14,045...average attendance for eight home games in 2010-11 is 14,718

• UNM is 38-1 under Steve Alford when scoring 80 points or more

Head coach Steve Alford
• Coached his 608th career game
• 396-212 in his 20-year coaching career
• 88-29 in his fourth season at New Mexico
• 57-5 in The Pit overall, 36-2 against non-conference competition
• 51-18 against non-conference opponents while at New Mexico

Freshman C Alex Kirk
• Scored a career-high and UNM freshman record 31 points on 11-13 FGs and 7-8 FTs; the previous record was 30 points by Kenny Thomas against Utah in the 1996 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game (March 9, 1996)
• His previous high was 10 points against Detroit, Northwood and Texas Tech
• Eclipsed his previous scoring high with 6:26 to go in the 1st half
• Made a career-best 2 3-pointers
• Season scoring average climbed from 6.4 to 8.1 ppg

Senior G Dairese Gary
• Made his 112th consecutive start tonight, the longest current streak in the nation
• Passed David Gibson (1995-98) for 5th place all-time at UNM with 461 career assists
• Scored 15 points, plus 5 assists and 0 turnovers in 22 minutes
• Made a season-high 3 3-pointers
• Remains in 3rd place in Mountain West Conference history with 461 career assists; 19 assists from becoming the MWC's career leader
• UNM is 31-3 since 2008-09 when he has 5 or more assists in a game
• 13 assists and 1 turnover the past 2 games
• Remains in 19th place all-time at UNM with 1,191 career points

Junior F Drew Gordon
• 1st career double-double with a season-high 14 points and 11 rebounds, which ties a career-best
• 31 rebounds the past 3 games, increasing his team-leading average to 7.2 a game

Freshman G Kendall Williams
• 8 points, 10 assists, 4 steals and 1 turnover in a team-high 28 minutes
• 2nd time this season he has reached double-figures in assists (11 vs. Colorado)
• 43 assists and 10 turnovers the past 7 games; 72 assists and 28 turnovers for the season

Junior G Phillip McDonald
• Started for the 80th time, or every game he has played at UNM

Junior F A.J. Hardeman
• Started his 50th straight game