LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The top seed New Mexico men now know whom they will play in the Mountain West Basketball Championships: it’s Wyoming.
The Lobos, ranked No. 15 in the nation, take on the Cowboys Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. MT. Wyoming advanced to second round after capturing an 85-81 victory over Nevada in Tuesday’s first round.
Wednesday’s other second-round game include UNLV against Air Force at 1 p.m. MT, Colorado State against Fresno State at 3 p.m. MT and San Diego State against Boise State at 10 p.m. MT.
UNM won the season series with Wyoming with a 63-59 win on Jan. 30 and a 53-42 victory March. 2.
University of Nevada Reno guard, Aja Johnson battles the entire Air Force team under the bucket in Nevada's 80-66 win in the first win of the Mountain West Conference Championship, Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013.
In the men’s tournament opener, Wyoming had four players reach double figured. Larry Nance Jr. led the way with 19 points, followed by Leonard Washington with 18, Derrious Gilmore with 17 and Josh Adams with 10.
The Cowboys shot 57.4 percent from the field and withstood two potent Nevada scorers. The Wolf Pack’s Deonte Burton netted 27 points, while Malik Story added 20. Nevada’s Marqueze Coleman also reached double digits with 14 points.
Nevada was 47.5 percent from the field.
Nevada 80, Air Force 66
Later Tuesday, Danika Sharp scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Wolf Pack past the Falcons in the first round.
As Nevada shot 48.1 percent of its field goals, Mimi Mungedi added 18 points and Aja Johnson had 13 points.
Air Force had four players with double digits, led by Cherae Medina’s 17. Alicia Leipprandt had 16, Jimi Blagowski scored 16 and Austyn Wilson netted 11. The Falcons were 43.1 percent from the field.
Nevada now takes on San Diego State in the second round Thursday at 1 p.m. MT.