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Lobos crack top 25 rankings
The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team got nods in both major college hoops polls Monday.
The Lobos (6-0), on the strength of their win at the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands, earned a No. 23 ranking in the USA Today coaches poll and a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The Lobos picked up 68 points in the USA Today poll — it had 16 the previous week — and had 141 points in the AP poll to crack the top 25.
This is the third time in four seasons under head coach Steve Alford the Lobos have earned a spot in the two major national college polls. Prior to the 2009-10 season, the Lobos hadn’t been in the top 25 since the final poll of 1998-99.
Indiana (6-0) sits atop both the USA Today and AP polls. Duke (6-0) is second in both polls and Michigan (5-0) is ranked third.
UNM topped Portland 69-54 Sunday night in Albuquerque.
In that game, former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout Alex Kirk had 14 points, leading all scorers. Kirk was 6 of 10 shooting from the floor and also grabbed 11 rebounds, who with teammate Cameron Bairstow also posted the game-high total.
The Lobos led just 30-27 at the half of Sunday’s game, but started the second half on a 10-0 run to take control.
UNM hosts Mercer, a Division-I school from Macon, Ga., Wednesday night.
Aggies, Miners to square off
The New Mexico State University Aggies will take on their I-10 rival Wednesday night.
The Aggies (3-3) will face UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
In its last outing, NMSU snapped a two-game losing streak, defeating Louisiana 79-57.
NMSU forward Bandja Sy finished with a season-high 16 points, going 6-for-8 from the floor, while Tyrone Watson and Kevin Aronis both finished with 12 points.