Optic staff and wire reports
Los Alamos native Alex Kirk scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 25 New Mexico to a 65-60 win over No. 24 UNLV on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
Justin Hawkins hit a three-pointer with 3:25 left to cap a 7-0 UNLV run that gave it a 58-56 lead. Then New Mexico (14-2, 1-0) took over, closing the game on a 9-2 run.
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