Mountain West Names Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Dec. 31, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico sophomore center Alex Kirk has been named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games through December 30. This is Kirk's first career MW weekly accolade.

Kirk scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as New Mexico handed then-No. 8/8 Cincinnati its first loss of the season last Thursday. The 55-54 decision marked the Lobos' first non-conference road win over a top 10 team since a 70-68 victory at No. 2 Arizona on Dec. 21, 1999.

Hailing from Los Alamos, N.M., Kirk went 6-of-8 from the field (.750) against the Bearcats, including hitting his lone three-point attempt. He scored nine of his 15 points in the second half, including six during a 2:30 stretch that gave the Lobos their first lead of the game. Kirk also had one steal and three blocked shots in the contest, including a rejection of Sean Kilpatrick's three-point attempt with 1.5 seconds remaining that sealed the Lobos' victory.

MW Men's Basketball Players of the Week:
Nov. 12 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Nov. 19 - Deonte Burton, Jr., G, Nevada; Tony Snell, Jr., G, New Mexico
Nov. 26 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Dec. 3 - Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Dec. 10 - Anthony Bennett, Fr., F, UNLV
Dec. 17 - Anthony Drmic, So., G/F, Boise State
Dec. 24 - Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Dec. 31 - Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico