Updated: 02/15/2014 10:16 PM |
Created: 02/15/2014 10:09 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
UNM's twin towers of Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow dominated Nevada on Saturday. The two combined for 53 points in UNM's 90-72 win.
"I thought my big guys were as dominant as I've ever seen them," said head coach Craig Neal. "Twenty-four and 29 points, 12-of-12 from the line, they're pretty dang good."
Kirk's 29 point performance is his first 20-point game since November. It was the third-highest total of his career. Kirk also set a career-high with five assists.
"Alex Kirk is a local kid and he's very coachable," added Neal. "I talked to him about getting his body on people instead of using his arms. He did a great job tonight. They didn't trap us tonight so we were able to do pretty much whatever we wanted in the paint."
"I felt like I played good first half in Boise and I wanted to continue that tonight," Kirk said after the game.
Bairstow's 24 points is his 23rd double figure scoring game this season. He also had 11 rebounds for a double-double, his sixth of the season and eighth of his career.
The Lobos improved to 10-2 in Mountain West play, 19-5 overall. UNM is at UNLV on Wednesday night.