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Men's Basketball: Lobos victory avenges past loss

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Lobo guard Kendall Williams scored a game-high 27 points in New Mexico’s 68-56 victory over UNLV Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Lobos contained the Runnin’ Rebels to three 3-pointers in 21 attempts, a 14.3 shooting percentage. Offensively, Williams sank four of UNM’s six triples as the team shot 40 percent at that 3-point range.

Forward Cameron Bairstow added 18 points for the Lobos.

Khem Birch led UNLV in the scoring column with 11 points, while Roscoe Smith and Bryce Dejean-Jones added 10 points apiece.

UNM held a 38-29 halftime lead and outscored UNLV 30-27 in the second half.

The win by the Lobos avenged a three-point loss to the Runnin’ Rebels on Jan. 18., UNM will face No. 6 and Mountain West leader San Diego State on Saturday at home.