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Alex Kirk was one of four University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball players in double-figures as the Lobos crushed Alabama A & M in their season opener.
Kirk, the former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout, had a double-double for the Lobos as they thumped Alabama A & M 88-52 at The Pit. Kirk finished with 16 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds (5 offensive, 7 defensive) in the rout.
The game was the first official game – the Lobos won both their exhibition games last week – under new head coach Craig ‘Noodles’ Neal, who was named the Lobos coach shortly after the departure of Steve Alford in March.
“Yeah, I was nervous again,” Neal said after the game. “This one counted. But really proud of our guys. That’s the way I envisioned our guys playing. I thought our veteran guys really led our younger guys in the sense that that’s probably one of the best starts we’ve had here in a long time. The veterans came out, imposed their will on them and I thought they really, really did everything I asked them to do from a defensive standpoint.”
UNM (1-0) led 45-26 at the half and didn’t let up much in the second half to win the contest going away. UNM never trailed in the ballgame.
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