Neal and Kirk help New Mexico beat Utah State 67-58

Utah State's Jarred Shaw, left, tries to hold onto the ball while New Mexico's Deshawn Delaney, center, and Cameron Bairstow, right, make a play for it during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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).

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