Once Fresno State got their offense going, they had no problem matching points with the Lobos. It was on the defensive end where Fresno State could not handle New Mexico's inside presence. 6-foot-9, 250 lbs, power forward Cameron Bairstow and 7-foot center Alex Kirk each scored 21 points and combined for 16 rebounds as well.
The Lobos also outrebounded the Bulldogs 40-25 though the offensive rebounding numbers were nearly even.
Although Fresno State scored 77 points, two key offensive players struggles prevented the ‘Dogs from closing the gap with their offense alone. Star guard Tyler Johnson had a very rare off-night with just 2 points after he had scored in double digits for 18 consecutive games prior. Point guard Cezar Guerrero made just 2 of 11 shots and missed his first seven, all from 3-point range.
Despite Fresno State's recent success, their second game with New Mexico was nearly identical to their January meeting. The Lobos won the previous game 89-78 with 53 percent shooting from the field and 41 free throw attempts.
The loss eliminates Fresno State from the Mountain West Tournament in the quarterfinal round. The Bulldogs season may not be over yet as the team awaits a possible postseason selection to the CBI or CIT Tournaments. It would be their first postseason appearance since 2007 when Fresno State played in the NIT. For now, Fresno State holds a 17-16 record with 9 wins in their final 12 games.
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