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Lobos top Trojans, Kirk earns another double-double
After falling behind by 10 points midway through the first quarter, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team put together a big run against the University of Southern California.
The Lobos went on a 25-6 streak extending more than eight minutes to take a 43-34 lead into the half, then cruised in the second half to win 75-67 at The Pit.
Center Alex Kirk turned in his third double-double in four games Wednesday night against USC’s Trojans, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
With the win, the Lobos improved to 9-0 on the season and extended their home winning streak in the month of December to an impressive 33 games.
USC (3-5) fell behind by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied to cut the lead down to 70-65 late, but would get no closer.
UNM’s Hugh Greenwood finished with a game-high 17 points. Kirk and Kendall Williams had 13 and Williams chipped in a season-high 9 assists.
For Kirk, he was 5-for-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and had 10 defensive rebounds.
The Trojans were paced by Eric Wise, who finished with 14 points.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor Wednesday, with the Lobos hitting 28 of 54 attempts and the Trojans connecting on 27 of 51 tries.
Aggies fall to Miners, 66-44
The New Mexico State University Aggie women’s basketball team fell to its cross-border rival UTEP Wednesday night in El Paso, Texas.
The Miners (7-1) dominated the first half, outscoring the Aggies (5-3) 36-14. The Miners rolled to a 66-44 victory.
The Aggies never led in the game. Danesia Williamson had 13 points to lead NMSU and Jasmine Rutledge added 11.
UTEP was paced by Irene Gari, who had a game-high 19 points.