The No. 19 ranked New Mexic0 Lobos defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs by a score of 54-48. This victory solidified New Mexico as the top-ranked team in the Mountain West Conference with an 8-2 record. Their overall record is 21-4.
Fresno State actually led at halftime, 31-20. This marked Fresno State’s highest-scoring first half when playing a conference rival. However, in the second half, New Mexico outscored Fresno State, 34-17. New Mexico had several players who led them to this victory. Alex Kirk had 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Tony Snell finished the game with 10 points and three assists. Kendall Williams scored 13 points, along with five assists.
Fresno State was led by Kevin Foster (10 points and 10 rebounds), Tyler Johnson (six points, five assists and seven rebounds) and Kevin Olekaibe (11 points and two rebounds). Allen Huddleston and Marvelle Harris contributed seven points individually.
New Mexico has several important games coming up against Colorado State, San Diego State and Air Force. The match-up against Colorado State will be between the top two teams in the Mountain West Conference. This a must-win for New Mexico in order to win the regular season championship. New Mexico and Colorado State are my favorites to face each other in the championship game of Mountain West Conference Tournament.
New Mexico has the potential to crack the Sweet 16 come March. Their strength is in their defense and their ability to slow down the pace of the game. Only two of their opponents have scored over 70 points in a game all season (Davidson and Boise State). Both of these games resulted in victories for New Mexico.