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Lobos advance to semis with win over Fresno St.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk each scored 21 points to lead No. 20 New Mexico to a 93-77 victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference tournament Thursday night.

Using an aggressive defense, dominating the boards and capitalizing on the Bulldogs’ mistakes, the second-seeded Lobos built a 16-point lead and extended it to as many as 19 in the second half.

New Mexico (25-6) outrebounded the seventh-seeded Bulldogs 40-25, and outscored Fresno in the paint, 42-20. The Lobos never trailed after opening the game on a 14-3 run.

Despite getting in foul trouble early, Bairstow also had 10 rebounds and three blocks. Kendall Williams chipped in with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Fresno State (17-16) had four players score in double figures, led by Allen Huddleston’s 18 points. Alex Davis had 17 points, Paul Watson contributed with 16 and Marvelle Harris added 13.

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