Post Game Notes: (RV/RV) New Mexico 63, Cincinnati 54
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/07/2013


Streaks and Trends

* New Mexico improves to 7-1 on the season with a 63-54 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in The Pit in Albuquerque.

* New Mexico moves to 2-0 against Cincinnati, including a 55-54 win in Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Dec. 27, 2012. In both contests, Cincinnati scored 54 points.

* New Mexico received an official attendance of 15,411, marking a sellout crowd for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Through four games, UNM is averaging just over 14,841 fans per game (14,841.5 to be precise).

* This is the 400th non-conference victory in The Pit, as New Mexico moves to 400-69 overall (.853 winning percentage) in its home arena.

* After getting no bench points in its last home game vs. San Diego, New Mexico received 10 points from its bench, moving its season average of 14 points per game.

* For the seventh time in eight games, New Mexico’s top three scorers were Cameron Bairstow (24 points), Alex Kirk (15) and Kendall Williams (10).  

* New Mexico out-rebounded Cincinnati 39 rebounds to 32, moving to 5-0 when out-rebounding their opponents.

* New Mexico shot at of above 50 percent for the first time since the Nov. 17 vs. Charleston Southern, finishing exactly at 50 percent (22-for-44).

* New Mexico lead the game for the final 37:36 of the game, and trailed for only 69 seconds.

* New Mexico has won 26 of its last 27 in The Pit, and 12 straight since losing 70-65 to South Dakota State on Dec. 22, 2012. Since the 2007-08 season, the Lobos are 96-11 overall in The Pit, and all-time UNM is 400-69 in non-conference games in The Pit.

* New Mexico wore silver uniforms for the first time in the 2013-14 season, opening at 1-0. UNM is 2-1 in its white uniforms, 2-0 in its cherry, 1-0 in camouflage and 1-0 in turquoise.

* New Mexico has now hit a three-point shot in 736 consecutive games.  The last without a make was when UNM went 0-for-8 on January 3, 1991 against Colorado State.

In-Game Notes

* After trading baskets for the opening 1:31, New Mexico went on a 9-2 run, keyed by six points (and a dunk) by Bairstow and a three pointer by Kirk.

* After Cincinnati drew to within 3 point at 11-8, New Mexico rattled off a 13-2 run to extend their lead to 24-10.

* Until a Cullen Neal three-point basket at the 7:32 mark in the first half, all of New Mexico’s scoring came from K. Williams (3 points), Bairstow (9) and Kirk (5).

* Cincinnati closed out the first half on an 8-0 run, and opened the second half scoring the first 4 points.

* Cincinnati’s scoring output of 20 points in the first half is the lowest output by an opposing team since San Diego State scored 20 points in Las Vegas, Nev. in the Mountain West Tournament on March 15, 2013.

* Conversely, New Mexico’s scoring output of 27 points is its lowest output in the first half since scoring 27 vs. Harvard in the NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2013.

* New Mexico held Cincinnati to 26.7 percent (8-of-30) shooting in the first half, the lowest first-half shooting percentage for an opponent since holding Alabama A&M to the same percentage (8-of-30) on Nov. 9, 2013.

* From the 15:26 mark to the 1:34 mark in the first half, Cincinnati went 3-for-22 (13.6 percent) from the floor, scoring just 7 points.

* After Cincinnati came with two points at 35-33 at the 15:01 mark of the second half, New Mexico posted a 6-0 run over the next 2:04 to take a 41-33 lead.

* With both teams keeping the margin with in double-digits from the 12:57 mark to the 6:48 mark, New Mexico registered a 7-0 run to push the score from 49-44 to 56-44.

* Cincinnati finished 2-of-12 from the floor over the last 6:13 of the game, which encompassed UNM’s game-clinching run.  

* New Mexico held Cincinnati to 29.5 percent (18-of-61) shooting in the game, the lowest shooting percentage for an opponent since holding Wyoming to 28.1 percent (16-of-57) on March 2, 2013.

Head Coach Craig Neal

* Craig Neal is now 7-1 as a head coach with New Mexico, and he is 4-0 in The Pit.

Senior F Cameron Bairstow

* On his birthday, recorded his second double-double of the year, scoring 24 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds

* His previous career high in rebounds was 11, recorded four times, most recently against Alabama A&M on Nov. 9, 2013.

* Added one dunk to bring his season total of 12 dunks, tying him (for about 10 minutes of game time) with Kirk for the team lead. (Kirk would later retake the team lead.)

* Tied his season high in blocked shots (2 blocks) in the first half, finishing with two overall.

* Started the game 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished 10-for-11.

* Led New Mexico in scoring for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in his career

* Led New Mexico is rebounding for the second time this season and the 12th time in his career

* Tied a career high in minutes played, tallying 37 minutes. He played 37 minutes against Wyoming on March 13, 2013 in the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. 

Senior G Kendall Williams

* Scored 10 points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line.

* With 3 steals, has 145 steals in his career to move into a tie for 10th in program history. David Gibson (1994-98) also has 145 steals in his career.

* With 5 made free throws, has 442 made free throws to move into fifth in program history, passing Kelvin Scarborough (1983-87).

RS Junior C Alex Kirk

* Scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds

* Scored in double-figures for the seventh time this season and the seventh time in his last eight games dating to last season

* Added three dunks to bring his season total of 15 and give him the team lead in dunks

* After posting seven straight double-doubles dating back to last season, finished without a double-double for the second game in a row, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds

Junior G Hugh Greenwood

* Despite being a game-time decision, scored 4 points on 2-of-3 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds