State Notes 12-19-12

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UNM, NMSU meet for second time in five days

The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will face its in-state rival New Mexico State University for the second time in less than a week.
The Aggies will host the Lobos at the Pan American Center. The game is scheduled to be shown on ESPN3.
UNM, after defeating NMSU Saturday night in Albuquerque, moved up one spot in the Associated Press national poll to No. 16. UNM won handily 73-58 to improve to 11-0 on the season.
For the Lobos, 7-foot center Alex Kirk is coming off a 15-point, 6-rebound performance. It was Kirk’s eighth game in a row with at least 10 points and ninth game so far this season.
Kirk and Kendall Williams both finished with 15 points Saturday, the high-point men in the game. Chad Adams had 13 points and a team-high 10 boards.
This season, Kirk has averaged 12.0 points per game and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.
The Aggies were paced by Daniel Mullings’ 14 points. He was the only Aggie to get into double-digits. Tyrone Watson had a game-high 11 rebounds.
NMSU led only briefly at the start of the game, but was down by only 7 heading into the break. However, ice cold shooting in the second half — the Aggies hit just 8 of 30 attempts — effectively ended any chances of a NMSU comeback.
The Lobos, who have beaten their last seven opponents by an average margin of 13.3 points, improved their edge in the longstanding series to 114-95 all-time.
Tonight’s game, however, will be just the second true road game of the season for the Lobos — they won three games on a neutral court in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Aggies are a perfect 4-0 at the Pan Am Center this year.

Lobo women drop Aggies in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES — The UNM Lobo women’s basketball team earned the season sweep over the NMSU Aggies with a solid victory at the Pan American Center.
UNM guard Caroline Durbin had 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers as the Lobos won 68-44.
The Lobos (8-3) started the game on a 10-1 run with Durbin and Sarah Halasz combining to score the first 15 points.
UNM held big edges in several statistical categories. The Lobos dominated bench play, outscoring the Aggies 30-4 and had a plus-15 rebounding edge on the night.
The Lobos won their 11th straight contest over their in-state rivals and upped their all-time advantage to 46-22 against the Aggies (5-4), who were tagged with their first home loss of the year.
For the Aggies, Danesia Williamson and Stefanie Gilbreath both finished with 10 points.
The Aggies missed 7 of their first 8 shots and committed two turnovers in the first 4:36 of the game to fall into the early hole.
The win by UNM officially gave the school the victory in the Rio Grande Rivalry for the 2012-13 academic year.