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Neal and Kirk help No. 25 New Mexico beat Utah State 67-58

  • New Mexico's Alex Kirk shoots over with Utah State's Jordan Stone, (25) and defender Spencer Butterfield, bottom right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

    New Mexico's Alex Kirk shoots over with Utah State's Jordan Stone, (25) and defender Spencer Butterfield, bottom right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Mexico's Alex Kirk  puts up a shot as Utah State's TeNale Roland (20) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb.25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

    New Mexico's Alex Kirk puts up a shot as Utah State's TeNale Roland (20) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb.25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Mexico coach Craig Neal yells at his players  during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Tuesday, Feb.25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

    New Mexico coach Craig Neal yells at his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Tuesday, Feb.25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)  (The Associated Press)

Cullen Neal scored nine of his 12 points in a decisive run in the second half to help No. 25 New Mexico beat Utah State 67-58 on Tuesday night.

Cameron Bairstow had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (22-5, 13-3 Mountain West) while Alex Kirk added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Utah State led 47-39 with 11:29 left after Preston Medlin hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play.

But Neal started the long run with a 3-pointer and Kirk scored six straight points near the end the surge that left New Mexico holding a 62-52 lead.

The Lobos controlled the glass, holding a 46-30 edge, including 12-6 on the offensive end.

Medlin scored 19 to lead the Aggies (15-13, 5-10).

The Lobos had to shrug off a sluggish first half, trailing 27-26 at the break, despite shooting better from the field and owning the glass 21-13.

New Mexico did take 19-12 lead after a 12-2 run midway through the first half, but the Aggies immediately responded with an 11-0 run to go up 23-19.

The Lobos controlled the glass, holding a 46-30 edge, including 12-6 on the offensive end. And New Mexico turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, holding the Aggies to 36.4 percent (12 for 33), although they did make 5 of 10 3-pointers.

The Lobos did struggle from the line, finishing 11 of 21, but Utah State only made 6 of 12 foul shots.