Sports briefs 02-21-14

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Lobos to face Aztecs for MW lead


The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team cleared one major conference hurdle, now it must get ready to leap over a second.

The Lobos improved their Mountain West mark to 11-2 with a decisive win over the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but their biggest test, a two-game set with the San Diego State Aztecs, still awaits.

The Lobos and the Aztecs meet for the first time this season Saturday in Albuquerque.

With UNM’s 68-56 win over UNLV, it pulled to within a half-game of the conference-leading Aztecs, who are ranked sixth in the current Associated Press college poll.

Game time Saturday is set for 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Against the Rebels, Kendall Williams poured in 29 points and Cameron Bairstow added 18. Interestingly, those totals ended up being the vast majority of points the Lobos would score.

Former Hilltopper Alex Kirk was held to just 8 points in 16 minutes of play against UNLV. Kirk struggled with foul trouble much of the night.

The Lobos (20-5) led by as many as 17 points early in the second half and cruised to victory the rest of the way. The Rebels (17-9 overall, 8-5 in MW) upended the Lobos Feb. 1 in The Pit.


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