ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and No. 14 New Mexico clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 53-42 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.
The Lobos (25-4, 12-2 MWC) went 21 for 27 from the free throw line in winning or sharing the title for fifth time in the last six seasons. Cameron Bairstow contributed 13 points and nine rebounds and Kendall Williams had six assists for the Lobos.
Riley Grabau scored 14 points for the Cowboys (18-11, 4-11).
New Mexico closed the first half on a 13-6 run after Kendall Williams picked off a pass deep in the Wyoming end and turned it into a dunk just before the buzzer for a 25-19 lead.
Wyoming went 3 for 7 from the free throw. The Cowboys didn't make its first free throwsuntil 6 minutes remained.
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New Mexico went almost 9 minutes without a basket in the second half but the Jaspers went 7 for 9 from the line in the midst of a 13-3 run that pushed the lead to 46-34 with 4 minutes left.
"This game was ugly from the beginning," New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. "There's nobody that plays tougher than the Lobos."
New Mexico closed the first half with a 13-6 run after Williams picked off a pass deep in the Wyoming end and turned it into a dunk just before the buzzer to give the Lobos a 25-19 lead.
The Lobos overcome a poor game shooting, going 15 for 42, but New Mexico limited the Cowboys to 16 for 57 from the field. The Lobos were particularly effective guarding the 3-point arc in the second half, holding Wyoming to 2 of 11.