Updated: 01/05/2014 11:35 AM |
Created: 01/04/2014 6:22 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
New Mexico (10-3, 1-0) utilized its size to muscle past Colorado State 80-73 in the Lobos conference opener at the Pit on Saturday.
Cameron Bairstow went to the bench with a standing ovation, his sixth double double of the season and his team up 13 points with under ten minutes left in the game.
The Rams (9-6, 0-2) had no answer for his presence inside. He tore through triple teams and it was clear he helped wear out his defender J.J. Avila midway through the first half.
Bairstow finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds. He drew 14 fouls and was 13-20 from the free throw line.
Colorado State started the game with a 5-0 lead and was 3-3 from the 3-point line. A long range bucket by Jon De Ciman gave the Rams a 15-13 lead but CSU cooled down and didn’t make another 3-point basket until the second half.
The outside shooting strategy was important for CSU because the Lobos dominated every aspect of the inside game.
New Mexico outscored the Rams in the paint 34-16 and won the rebound game 48-40.
Kendall Williams had stealthy success. He scored 22 points, with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
It was a historic day for Williams as he became the second Mountain West player (BYU’s Jimmer Fredette) with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 150 steals.
Daniel Bejarano led the Rams with 25 points on 9-17 shooting. Although he was slightly hampered in the second half with foul trouble.
De Ciman finished with 13 points.
New Mexico’s Alex Kirk had a double double (10 points 11 rebounds) in 36 minutes of play.