TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

New Mexico beats No. 8 Cincinnati

TribLIVE Sports Videos

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 11:24 p.m.
 

CINCINNATI — Alex Kirk scored 15 points and blocked Sean Kilpatrick's shot just before the buzzer Thursday night, preserving New Mexico's 55-54 win that handed No. 8 Cincinnati its first loss.

New Mexico (13-1) rallied in the second half behind its 7-foot center, who hit a 3-pointer, got a team-high seven rebounds and slapped away Kilpatrick's jumper off an inbounds play.

Cincinnati (12-1) moved up to No. 8 this week — its highest ranking in nine years — and was trying to go 13-0 for only sixth time in school history. The Bearcats couldn't salvage a tight game against a team known for knocking off top teams.

Pitt plays the Bearcats at noon Monday at Petersen Events Center.

The Lobos have won six of their last seven games against ranked teams, leaving them 14-6 against the Top 25 during coach Steve Alford's six seasons.

Kirk scored nine of his 15 points in the second half and led a surge that gave the Lobos their first lead. Kilpatrick had 15 points, but was only 5 of 22 from the field.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers wrap lackluster preseason with loss to Panthers
  2. UPMC to mandate flu shots for some employees
  3. 10 awesome things you didn’t know your phone could do
  4. Squabbling over money continues in ‘kids for cash’ civil suit
  5. Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
  6. $1.5 million Allentown church fire started by roofers, officials say
  7. Retired state trooper settles lawsuit over racial harassment complaint
  8. Young adults drive home rental trend in Western Pennsylvania
  9. Steelers notebook: Safety Mitchell faces former team, hurts leg
  10. Firefighters on scene at West Mifflin house fire
  11. New Ken-Arnold board asked to mediate between football groups
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.