Coming into the game against the nationally-ranked New Mexico Lobos Tuesday night, Bob Hoffman, head coach of the Mercer Bears, told an Albuquerque media member that he thought his team could make some inroads against UNM’s bigs – Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow.
By the time Hoffman left The Pit Tuesday night he had certainly changed his mind after New Mexico defeated the Bears 76-58 to go to 7-0.
Alex Kirk had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Cameron Bairstow added a career-high 16 points and No. 25 New Mexico beat Mercer 76-58 on Wednesday night.
It was Kirk's second straight double-double for the Lobos (7-0).
Travis Smith scored 16 points to lead the Bears (3-4).
Bairstow provided an early spark off the bench, scoring 10 points in his first 5 minutes of play with one...
With New Mexico's three starting guards returning, the backcourt was expected to lead the way this season. A pair of frontcourt players, though, are beginning to contribute as well.
After helping keep the No. 25 Lobos unbeaten, Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow will try to get them past host Indiana State in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge on Saturday.