In a game the Lobos won by 40 points they never let up once they took charge at the 9:26 mark in the first half with the score tied at 20. The Lobos scored 16 straight points in 4 minutes to go up 36-20. Then they finished the half with a 14-9 run to be up 50-29 at halftime.
As evidence of the Lobos dominance, the California State University Bakersfield Roadrunners did not have a run of two consecutive baskets from the 12:13 in the first half getting the lead of 17-15 until the score was 102-54 with a 1:55 left in the game when they scored the game's final eight points. That makes an astonishing 30 minutes and 18 seconds between consecutive scores for the Roadrunners.
Drew Gordon with a double double
The Lobos size advantage definitely played a part in that, but the big guys also looked quicker. Alex Kirk in setting a new UNM Freshman record for points in a game showed what we all suspected he had in him, Game. Alex started the scoring in both halves, scoring the first five points of the first half and the first seven points of the second half. In fact, if Kirk only played the first two minutes and 40 seconds of the first half and two minutes and six seconds of the second half, he would have set a new personal best scoring game as a Lobo.
Other Lobos contributed to the win as well. Dairese Gary was a perfect three for three shooting from behind the arc, zero turnovers and five assists. Drew Gordon had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and eleven rebounds. Playing the most minutes of the night was Kendall Williams who almost finished with a double double, scoring eight points and 10 assists. I think this poor guy may lose a year of eligibility because no one will believe he is a freshman.
Phillip McDonald continues to show a high level of activity, even on a night when his stat line isn't so great. He did those things that don't show on the stat line, picking up a loose ball, taking a charge, or not losing a handle on the ball when it gets poked by the opponent.
Defensively the Lobos kept the Roadrunners in check. The only players to score their average or over were all off the bench, Robert Hayes having a monster game 13 over average and two others each about 1 point above average. They also had a big difference in assists from the first half to the second. There were 10 assists on 11 made shots in the first half, then two assists on 10 made shots in the second half.
Next up for the Lobos will be the Wyoming Cowboys who are coming off a 73-60 loss at Colorado State. The game will be Saturday in Laramie Wyoming. Game time will be 4:00 PM.