ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The New Mexico Lobos’ attempt to guard the home court fell short Wednesday night as the UNLV Rebels left The Pit with a 76 to 73 victory, ending the Lobos’ 15-game home conference win streak.
Craig Neal’s Lobos entered the game undefeated in Mountain West play at 3-0. It was quite the opposite for a talented UNLV squad that suffered two straight conference setbacks at home.
Lobos senior forward Cameron Bairstow had his usual strong performance, scoring 27 points, pulling down six rebounds and blocking 3 shots. For Bairstow, it is his 15th game this season in double figures.
The Rebels were led by Bryce DeJean Jones who scored 23 points in the win.
UNLV opened the game shooting 9 for 12. The Rebels quickly found themselves up by 16 points. The Lobos’ largest lead of the game was two when they led 8 to 6.
The Rebels went on a 13-0 run and would score 46 first half points. It is the most points allowed by New Mexico in an opening half this season.
The Lobos rallied before the end of the half to only trail by four points at the half. In the second half, the Lobos got as close as one point but could never tie or get the lead.
Reigning Mountain West Player of the Year, Kendall Williams, scored 15 points along with 9 assists without a turnover for the Lobos.
Junior center Alex Kirk recorded double double number 10 on the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Lobos freshman guard Deshawn Delaney scored 10.
The loss drops the Lobos to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West. UNLV improves to 2-2 in league play.
The Lobos are at Fresno State Saturday.