ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 25th-ranked New Mexico played a grind-out game against Utah State on Tuesday night.
The Lobos put together a 21 to 5 run in the second half to beat the Aggies 67 to 58. After the game, Lobos head coach Craig Neal said, “I think all of us had a lull. I was in a little lull, I think our fans were in a lull, I think the team was in a lull after a big week. But our fans came to life, our team came to life.”
Come to life they did, sparked by the coach’s son, Cullen Neal. He found his stroke at a time when the Lobos were trailing by 8 points.
The Lobos big second half rally would be enough to sink a pesky Aggies team for good, handing them their fourth straight loss.
Cullen Neal came off the bench to score an even dozen for the Lobos. Neal said, “I was just trying to make a shot. I was wide open, so luckily enough, I was able to hit it and it got the crowd going.”
Lobo bigs each added a double double performance to the latest Lobo win. National Player of the Week Cameron Bairstow scored 14 points along with 11 rebounds.
Lobo center Alex Kirk had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Reigning Mountain West Player of the Year Kendall Williams had 10 points and two assists for the Lobos.
The win helped the Lobos improve to 13 and 2 in Mountain West play and keep their tie with 13th-ranked San Diego State on top of the conference.
Utah State has lost 9 of their last 12 and are 5 and 11 in conference play and 15 and 13 overall.
The Lobos are at Nevada on Sunday.