THE FACTS: No. 14 New Mexico (24-4, 11-2 MW) revenged their loss to San Diego State (20-8, 8-6) with a 70-60 victory at The Pit on Wednesday night. Lobos big man Alex Kirk had a season-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds. Cameron Bairstow also showed his inside physical dominance with 16 points and five rebounds. Forward Jamaal Franklin was the only player to score in double figures for the Aztecs (16 points). JJ O'Brien, Deshawn Stephens and Xavier Thames each had eight points.
QUOTABLE: "They were very good both on the inside and the outside, especially Kirk. They're perimeter players penetrating and making baskets also helped them and lead to those points, so it wasn't just Bairstow and Kirk it was a collective effort. New Mexico attacked the basket and they were more aggressive than they were in the first game and they made shots."
-- SDSU head coach Steve Fisher on New Mexico
THE STAT: San Diego State and New Mexico both had 21 made field goals. The Lobos had 18 assists, while the Aztecs only finished with seven.
TURNING POINT: It was with 17:32 left in the game that UNM led 33-30. Over the next 6:10, the Lobos went on a 17-5 run due to nine points from Kirk.
THE NUMBER: 32. The amount of free throws New Mexico attempted on Wednesday night.
QUOTABLE II: "New Mexico is a good team defensively. They guard hard and they guard well. We shot 3-of-13 with both Jamaal and Xavier Thames ending up with those numbers and we have to make shots. We had opportunities and we fought hard, but we did miss one three in our corner with two or three minutes left in the game that if we could've made it would have been different. A lot of `if, if, if'. We also missed some timely free throws when we were trying to come back into it and you can't do that. We didn't guard as effectively as you have to when you play a team that is as good as they are. It wasn't just their bigs, they created angels and got into gaps and made plays."
-- Fisher on what New Mexico did defensively
HOT: The Lobos shot 12-of-20 for 60% in the second half.
NOT: San Diego State was 4 for 23 from downtown (17.4%) including 3-of-18 from Franklin, Thames and Chase Tapley.
FRESHMAN WATCH: The road woes continue for Skylar Spencer who played just 11 minutes due to foul trouble. His stat line was empty despite the lone steal. Winston Shepard finished with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 turnovers in 18 minutes. He had a mismatch at stretches against backup 5-foot-9 point guard Jamal Fenton but the Aztecs shied away from it.
NOTABLE: The Aztecs fall to (2-5) on the road in conference play with the wins coming against the bottom two teams of the league: Fresno State and Nevada.
"It is frustrating you never want to lose, so we definitely have to figure something out and get over the hump on the road games. We're going to stay positive and keep searching and find out what we have to do to win them."
UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Wednesday vs. Air Force and next Saturday at Boise State. For New Mexico: Saturday vs. Wyoming and Wednesday at Nevada.
The Facts: SDSU at No. 14 New Mexico
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