Kirk, Lobos crush Pack |

Kirk, Lobos crush Pack

The Associated Press
New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow ,right, and Nevada's Deonte Burton vie for a loose ball under the basket during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico won 90-72. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Roberto E. Rosales) SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN OUT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alex Kirk scored 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting and New Mexico led by an unforgiving 24 points at the half in cruising to a 90-72 win over Nevada on Saturday.

Cameron Bairstow poured in 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Mexico (19-5, 10-2), which has won seven of their last eight games.

Nevada (12-14, 7-6), losers of four straight, fell behind 48-24 at the break and although outscoring the Lobos in the second period, it was not enough to erase the huge halftime deficit as New Mexico cruised to the buzzer making 55 percent (27 of 63) from the floor and 19 of 21 from the penalty line.

Cole Huff and Michael Perez scored 18 apiece for the Wolf Pack.

NOTES: Nevada hosts San Jose State University (6-19, 0-13 MW) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The Spartans lost 46-38 tonight at home. The 90 points, 32 field goals made and 55.2 opponent field goal percentage is the high allowed by the Wolf Pack in MW play this season.