Post Game Notes: (10) San Diego State 51, (21) New Mexico 48
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/09/2014

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.

In-Game Notes

*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.