Kirk did it on both ends of the floor for the Lobos, including knocking down a career-high three three-pointers. One of those threes proved to be the dagger at the 1:18 mark to give the Lobos a 64-53 lead. He was equally effective on the defensive end, collecting three blocks and changing a number of shots beyond the stat sheet. He also had seven rebounds.
Jamaal Franklin led the way for the Aztecs, who came into the game having won six of their last nine games and two straight before running into the No. 14 Lobos. The Naismith Award candidate finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. San Diego State fell short of a season sweep of New Mexico, who they defeated, 55-34, on Jan. 26.
The Aztecs shot just 36.2 percent from the field collectively and committed 11 turnovers, despite outrebounding the Lobos by a margin of 33-29.
New Mexico has now won seven of eight games and avenged their early-season loss at San Diego State.