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New Mexico opens with easy win over Alabama A&M

Albuquerque, NM (SportsNetwork.com) - Cameron Bairstow had 22 points and 11 rebounds and No. 23 New Mexico opened its season with an 88-52 win over Alabama A&M.

Kendall Williams finished with 17 points and seven assists, while Alex Kirk added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lobos (1-0), who finished 29-6 and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament but were bounced out in the second round by 14th-seeded Harvard.

Cullen Neal, the son of new head coach Craig Neal, netted 12 points in his debut. The elder Neal took over for Steve Alford, who bolted for UCLA.

Jeremy Crutcher led the Bulldogs (0-1) with 17 points.

Bairstow poured in eight points as the Lobos began the tilt on a 21-3 burst. The lead didn't dip below 15 points the rest of the way.

New Mexico took a 45-26 advantage into the break.

Game Notes

New Mexico shot 58.5 percent (31-of-53) from the field ... The Lobos outrebounded the Bulldogs, 48-27.

11/10 00:37:29 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
WIN 3
CAR 1
 
4th
KAN 0
SFG 4
 
3rd
MIA 53
HOU 57
 
3rd
MIN 71
IND 48
 
3rd
OKC 63
UTA 78
 
2nd
DEN 25
POR 29
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
PHO
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
 
2nd
LALAF 34
ARKST 16
 
1st OT
NJD 3
NYR 3
 
3rd
BOS 4
SJS 3
 
3rd
NYI 2
TOR 5
 
3rd
MON 0
DET 1
 
2nd
NAS 2
ARI 2
 
2nd
WIN 3
CAR 1
 
1st Intermission
CHI 3
PHI 0
 
2nd
DAL 5
VAN 0
 
1st
COL 0
FLA 2
 
1st
CAL 0
TAM 0