Lobos will face Bulldogs

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By The Staff

The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will open up the Mountain West tournament tonight when it takes on the Fresno State Bulldogs.
UNM is the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, taking place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Lobo-Bulldog game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mountain Time.
Fresno State (17-15) trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half Thursday against Air Force, but answered with a 14-6 run after Air Force went into stall mode on offense. The Bulldogs’ Tyler Johnson hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes to give his team a 61-59 victory to put the Bulldogs into the tournament quarterfinals.
The Lobos (24-6) and the Bulldogs played just once this season, in Fresno, with the Lobos winning that contest 89-78 Jan. 18. Cameron Bairstow had 22 points and Alex Kirk finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Johnson, who finished with 19 points Wednesday night, had 16 points to lead Fresno State against UNM.
UNM, along with the other top five teams in the tournament, had a bye into the quarterfinals.