• Alex Kirk scores 25 as Lobos top Aztecs
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — When New Mexico post players Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow last saw San Diego State in the first meeting between the teams last month, they combined for two points and nine rebounds. It was quite a different story Wednesday night for the Lobos’ frontcourt duo. Kirk scored a season-high 25 points and Bairstow added 16 to help No. 14 New Mexico beat the Aztecs 70-60. “They’re like anybody — when they don’t play well against somebody, you want to make up for that,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said. “They did not have very good games in San Diego and I think they really responded in this game.” Kirk hit all three of his 3-point attempts and scored seven points during a 15-3 run early in the second half that pushed New Mexico’s lead to 48-33. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Lobos (24-4, 11-2 Mountain West), who are one win from clinching the regular-season conference title. Bairstow had five rebounds before fouling out. Nine of his points came late in the second half during a span of almost 5 minutes when he was the only New Mexico scorer. He went 5 of 6 from the foul line, drove the lane for a dunk and added a short jumper to hold off San Diego State (20-8, 8-6), which had pulled to 52-46 with 7 minutes left.
  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores 02-27-13
    Boys Basketball District 1AAAAA Cibola 48, Volcano Vista 47 Rio Rancho 80, Cleveland 77 District 3AAAAA Onate 33, Mayfield 28 District 5AAAAA Atrisco Heritage 60, Rio Grande 49 West Mesa 61, Highland 46 District 1AAAA Piedra Vista 88, Aztec 64 District 2AAAA Santa Fe 64, Espanola Valley 63, OT District 5AAAA Moriarty 63, Del Norte 45 District 6AAAA Gallup 57, Belen 50 District 2AAA West Las Vegas 84, Raton 48 District 4AAA Portales 57, Lovington 48 District 5AAA Sandia Prep 58, Santa Fe Indian 43 District 1AA Foothill 60, Menaul 52 Navajo Pine 41, Crownpoint 39 Tohatchi 76, Zuni 52 District 2AA Mora 66, Monte del Sol 57 Santa Fe Prep 58, Penasco 50 District 3AA Bosque School 61, Native American Community Academy 46 District 4AA Clayton 46, Tucumcari 41 District 6AA Lordsburg 67, Cobre 32 District 2A Jemez Valley 58, Desert Academy 43 Tohajilee 85, Alamo-Navajo 32 District 3B Gateway Christian 64, Vaughn 42 District 5B Walatowa Charter 91, Santa Fe Waldorf School 84
  • Roundball roundup: Friday prep scores
      Boys Basketball Alamogordo 42, Gadsden 40 Albuquerque High 69, Rio Grande 54 Belen 44, Valencia 42 Carlsbad 57, Las Cruces 54 Centennial High School 74, Deming 62 Cloudcroft 54, Mescalero Apache 53 Clovis 68, Hobbs 59 Dora 82, Jal 50 Grady 57, San Jon 56 Hagerman 63, Capitan 53 Los Lunas 48, Miyamura 31 Menaul 48, Desert Academy 45 Mesilla Valley Christian 65, Cobre 34
  • State Roundup: Friday prep basketball scores
      Boys Basketball Alamogordo 48, Onate 34 Albuquerque Academy 46, Moriarty 45 Belen 66, Miyamura 46 Capital 69, Bernalillo 62 Cibola 54, Cleveland 40 Clayton 60, Tucumcari 51 Cliff 71, Animas 24 Clovis 63, Lubbock Estacado, Texas 61 Cobre 57, Hatch Valley 46 Desert Academy 49, Alamo-Navajo 28 Dexter 90, Eunice 38 Eldorado 67, Manzano 46 Espanola Valley 89, Los Alamos 62
  • Ski Report 02-15-13
    Pajarito Mountain is open this weekend and reporting a 29-inch base for skiing. Pajarito, which reopened after a layoff earlier this month, had 32 of its trails open Friday morning and the Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts operating. The ski area is reporting 11 inches of snow in the past three days. The new snow is predominantly powder. It is scheduled to be open through the extended Presidents Day weekend. Also in the area, Ski Santa Fe is reporting 44 inches of packed powder and Taos is reporting 49 inches and is 100 percent open this weekend.  
  • Fishing Report 02-15-13
     Northeast   Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed while the dam is being rebuilt. 
 Charette Lakes: Closed for the season. 
 Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.
 Conchas Lake: Fishing pressure was light again this past week but there were a few walleye taken by anglers using jig and grub combinations. We had no reports on other species. Anglers who wish to do so can still launch boats from the Cannon Cove area.
 Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Eagle Nest Lake: Ice thickness over the weekend was reported at 24 inches. Fishing was slow to fair using ice jigs tipped with worms or wax worms for perch. Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, ice jigs and homemade dough bait. We had no reports of northern pike. 
 Lake Maloya: Ice thickness over the weekend was about 13 inches. Fishing was good using homemade dough baits, Power Bait, ice jigs and salmon eggs for trout. 
 Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.
 Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait. 
 Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season. 

  • NMSU drops San Jose State
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Bandja Sy had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead New Mexico State past San Jose State 67-57 on Thursday night. New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2 WAC) trailed 25-23 with 5:04 to go before halftime but responded with a 15-0 run to close out the first half to take a 38-25 lead at the break and never looked back. Renaldo Dixon scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Aggies, Daniel Mullings chipped in with 15 and Sim Bhullar had 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks. The Aggies had 10 blocked shots as a team and shot 42.9 percent from the field but were just 4 of 14 from beyond the arc. Xavier Jones led all scorers with 17 points for San Jose State (9-15, 3-10) and Chris Cunningham had 11 points and six rebounds. The Spartans have lost seven straight contests.
  • Thursday's prep basketball scores 02-15-13
     Boys basketball   Albuquerque High 77, Atrisco Heritage 66 Crownpoint 55, Zuni 38 Grady 59, Clovis Christian 44 Highland 62, Rio Grande 59 Pecos 81, Monte del Sol 53 Tohajilee 93, Foothill 48 Walatowa Charter 66, Graceway Christian 50 West Mesa 60, Valley 50   Girls basketball   Corona 71, Gateway Christian 25 Coronado 64, Tse Yi Gai 53 Dexter 56, NMMI 26 Eldorado 68, Manzano 42 Grady 66, Clovis Christian 30 Grants 59, Los Lunas 51 Hope Christian 68, Sandia Prep 36 La Cueva 52, Sandia 42 Pecos 41, Monte del Sol 28 Raton 69, West Las Vegas 58 Santa Fe Indian 48, St. Michael's 9 Taos 59, Pojoaque 42 Valencia 34, Miyamura 31
  • Lobos survive a scare vs. Bulldogs
     FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With his team trailing by double digits at halftime, New Mexico coach Steve Alford could have tried to make some major adjustments. Instead, he told the Lobos to play the way they usually do. Kendall Williams scored 13 points, capped by an emphatic dunk just before the final buzzer, and No. 19 New Mexico overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Fresno State’s Bulldogs 54-48 on Wednesday night. “It was just our guys,” Alford said. “They got the job done. When you’re down 11 at the half on the road and then play the way we played in the second half, it was outstanding. These guys, they just find a way. You shoot 37 percent and still get a road win.” Alex Kirk had 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Lobos (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West Conference). Tony Snell also scored 10, and his 18-foot leaner with 20 seconds left sealed the victory as New Mexico remained a half-game ahead of second-place Colorado State in the conference standings. Kevin Olekaibe led Fresno State (8-15, 2-8) with 11 points, while Kevin Foster had 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Foster scored all his points in the first half. The Bulldogs scored only three points, on Olekaibe’s 3-pointer, in the final 10:08.
  • State Notes 02-13-13
    Aggies travel for two WAC games