Alex Kirk scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half and No. 18 New Mexico overcame a sluggish start to beat Valparaiso 65-52 on Saturday night.
Chad Adams also scored 12 for the Lobos (10-0).
Ryan Broekhoff had 24 points for the Crusaders (6-3), but none of his teammates managed to score more than seven.
The Lobos forced a season-high 23 turnovers, and turned the miscues into 22 points.