Men's College Basketball
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           === Bairstow leads No. 19 New Mexico past Boise State ===
 Albuquerque,  NM (Sports  Network) -  Cameron  Bairstow scored  16 points  and
 pulled  down seven rebounds  and Tony Snell had 12 points, six boards and four
 assists  to  push No.  19 New Mexico  past Boise State,  60-50, on Saturday at
 The Pit.
 Jamal  Fenton chipped  in 11 points and  Kendall Williams had 10 for the Lobos
 (22-4,  9-2  MWC), who won  their second straight following  a loss at UNLV on
 Feb. 9.
 "Huge  win for us,"  New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. "Just really proud of
 our  guys.  It was  a gutty  performance. We're  tired. We're  beat up. I knew
 it  was  going to  be  a  very, very  difficult  game  for us.  The  defensive
 performance:  that was their lowest output of the year and this is a very good
 offensive  team -- probably the best statistical offensive team in the league.
 So  for  us to do this  defensively meant a great  deal to the success of this
 Derrick  Marks  netted a game-high 19  points and grabbed seven boards for the
 Broncos  (16-8, 4-6),  who have lost two  of their last three and six of their
 last  nine overall. Mikey Thompson and Anthony Drmic followed with nine points
 apiece in the defeat.
 Fenton  nailed a 3-pointer  a little over nine minutes into the second half to
 give  New Mexico a  41-34 lead. The Broncos fought back, though, over the next
 six-plus minutes to get within 47-46. The 12-6 surge was capped off by a short
 Marks jumper with 5:23 remaining.
 Boise  State, however  quickly hit a wall  and failed to score any points over
 the  next four-plus  minutes. By  that time,  New Mexico's  edge had  grown to
 55-46.  A fast  break layup  by Marks  with 46  seconds remaining  broke Boise
 State's dry spell, pulling the team within 55-48.
 The  Lobos  then hit  5-of-6  free  throws to  secure  the  victory, its  12th
 consecutive conference home win.
 "This game was tough because Colorado State was tied with us and we are a game
 ahead  of  them,"  Fenton  said. "Getting  mentally  prepared  and  physically
 prepared  for  this game  was  good.  The game  plan  on  (Derrick) Marks  and
 (Anthony) Drmic was good and if we got those down we would have a good win."
 The  Broncos  trailed 29-23  at the  break and made  just 2-of-11 from 3-point
 range in the first half.
                                   Game Notes
 New Mexico also used stifling defense earlier in the week versus Fresno State,
 holding the Bulldogs to three points in the final 10:08 in a 54-48 victory ...
 Both teams shot under 40 percent, as the Broncos made 20-of-54 field goals for
 37  percent and the  Lobos shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) ... New Mexico is 13-1
 at home this season ... Boise State is 0-4 in the all-time series.
 02/17 00:47:07 ET

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