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Recap: Fresno State 45, New Mexico 72
Line Movements
Date: January 12, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
  

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Putting 7-foot post Alex Kirk and 6-9 power forward Cameron Bairstowon the floor at the same time is not always the lineup of choice for No. 25 New Mexico.

But the two inside players may just start seeing more playing time together if they continue to play the way they did Saturday against Fresno State. The two Lobos combined for 35 points and 19 rebounds in a 72-45 victory.

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``It's a pretty good one-two punch we've got going inside right now,' New Mexico coach Steve Alford said.

Bairstow hit his first six shots to score 15 of his 16 points in the first half and Kirk had 12 of his 19 points and nine of his career-high 14 rebounds in the second half.

``I tell you what, those two bigs, they're a load,' Alford said. ``And we're starting to get an identity down low with what we can do with those two guys.'

The big men combined for nine points in a 16-2 run that gave the Lobos their largest halftime lead of the season at 39-22.

``I thought today they were just outstanding,' Alford said. ``Alex continues to prove he's one of the better centers out west. I thought that at the beginning of the season and he has done nothing but solidify those thoughts. He's a go-to guy. He's a great defender. And Cam is doing a great job of playing alongside of him and in place of him.'

Fresno State (6-9, 0-2 Mountain West) had little to counter the Lobos (15-2, 2-0) inside prowess with senior forward Kevin Foster out after flying back to Florida following a death in the family.

``We knew when those two guys were in there, it was going to be a hard match up for us, especially with us not having Foster today and we had to ride our young guys,' said Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry.

New Mexico needed that production down low because leading scorer Kendall Williams sat out the game after arriving late to a team meeting on Friday. It's the third time this year Williams has been disciplined for a failure to arrive on time to games, meetings or practices.

``I've tried a lot of different things and this was the next step,' Alford said, later adding, ``When you're dealing with 18 to 22 year olds, frustration is always going to be a part of the job at some point. But you just hope guys learn lessons.'

Tony Snell added 16 points and a career-high three blocks for the Lobos.

Marvelle Harris was the only Bulldog in double digits with 11 points.

New Mexico dominated the glass, holding a 43-25 advantage. The Lobos also forced 19 turnovers, but also turned it over 16 times themselves.

The Bulldogs struggled shooting hitting 16 of 48 for the game and just 5 of 20 on 3-pointers.

``We knew it was going to be a slugfest and a grind and I really thought our guys responded well,' Alford said. ``Our offense moved well. We got the ball going inside-out. We didn't take bad shots.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 FRESNO  +1040   +16   119 
 NMEX  -1500   -16   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 FRESNO     +16    
 NMEX     -16   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 FRESNO  n/a   40%   n/a 
 NMEX  n/a   60%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 12
 
    Georgetown at St Johns
11:00 AM EDT
    Virginia at Clemson
12:00 PM EDT
    Delaware at Georgia State
12:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Indiana
12:00 PM EDT
    Duke at North Carolina State
12:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Syracuse
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    Northeastern at Towson
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    Marquette at Pittsburgh
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    Tennessee at Alabama
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    Mississippi St at Georgia
1:45 PM EDT
    Auburn at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Kansas State at West Virginia
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    UCLA at Colorado
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas at Iowa State
2:00 PM EDT
    Bradley at Northern Iowa
2:00 PM EDT
    Valparaiso at Wisconsin Milwaukee
2:00 PM EDT
    Illinois at Wisconsin
2:15 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
2:30 PM EDT
    Fresno State at New Mexico
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    Tulane at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
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    Montana State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at California
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    Harvard at Dartmouth
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    William Mary at Hofstra
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    Texas AM at Kentucky
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    Florida at Louisiana State
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    Kansas at Texas Tech
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    George Washington at Xavier
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    Boston College at Wake Forest
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    Montana at Northern Colo
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    Missouri at Mississippi
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    Arizona at Oregon State
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    Florida Atlantic at W. Kentucky
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    Memphis at UAB
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    Cal Riverside at Cal State Fullerton
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    Idaho State at Southern Utah
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    Air Force at UNLV
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