Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Alex Kirk scored 25 points and the 14th- ranked New Mexico Lobos earned 70-60 victory over San Diego State to maintain its cushion atop the Mountain West Conference.
The Lobos (24-4, 11-2, MWC) have won four straight, including a huge win at Colorado State last weekend that gave them a two-game lead in the conference.
Kendall Williams erupted for 46 points behind 10 3-pointers in that contest, but played the role of facilitator on Wednesday, finishing with eight assists and as many points.
Kirk was Williams' favorite finisher, as the center hit 8-of-12 from the field, 3-of-3 from behind the arc and 6-of-6 from the foul line. Cameron Bairstow chipped in 16 points for the victors.
Jamaal Franklin had a team-high 16 points, but shot just 3-of-13 for San Diego State (20-8, 8-6), which was trying to sweep the season series from the Lobos.