No. 12 New Mexico Overpowers Nevada, 75-62
March 7, 2013
Bairstow had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (26-4, 13-2 Mountain West), who trailed 55-53 but ran off 17 straight points late in the second half to improve to 8-3 on the road. Kendall Williams added 10 points and five assists for New Mexico, which had already clinched their fourth regular season title in five years.
Malik Story scored 25 points for the Wolf Pack (12-17, 3-12), who have lost six straight and nine of 10.
Snell, who was 8 of 11 from the field, scored New Mexico's last 10 points of the first half and had eight during the Lobos' late run.
Trailing 56-55, Bairstow scored twice inside to spark the 17-0 run. Snell nailed a 20-footer and a 3-pointer during that stretch before converting a three-point play to cap the run with New Mexico leading 72-56 with 3:12 left to play.
Keyed by 3-pointers from Story and Kevin Panzer, Nevada went on a 12-2 run to take a 24-19 lead 7 minutes before halftime. But Hugh Greenwood followed Chad Adams' 3-pointer with a steal and a layup and Snell went on his 10-point streak over the last 3 minutes of the half for the Lobos' 36-32 lead.
Nevada went on a 9-0 run to take a 50-47 lead when Story stole a pass and pulled up for a 3-pointer with 12:18 remaining. His 3-pointer with 10:15 left put Nevada up 55-53 but the Wolf Pack were outscored 19-1 over the next 7 minutes as the Lobos put the game away.