LAS VEGAS, NEV. (KRQE) – The Lobos will play Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament on Thursday night.
At one point, it looked as though the Lobos would play Air Force after the Falcons opened up a 15-point lead with 6:36 to play, however, the Bulldogs woke up just in time to steal a 61-59 win and stay alive in the tournament.
Tyler Johnson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnson says one of the keys to beat the Lobos is to shut down UNM senior Cameron Bairstow.
Bairstow is leading the conference in scoring averaging 20.4 points per game.
Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry says the key to beating UNM isn’t just about stopping just Bairstow. It’s about stopping the “two-headed monster of Bairstow and Alex Kirk” for a win on Thursday.
The ‘Dawgs and Lobos met only one time this season as New Mexico came away with a 89-78 win.