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Cameron Bairstow, Hugh Greenwood lead New Mexico over Boise State

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Through 20 minutes inside The Pit on Tuesday night, Cameron Bairstow, Kendall Williams and Hugh Greenwood accounted for a combined 35 points, off 12-of-17 shooting. The entire Boise State team shot 10-of-36 from the field for 27 first half points.

Boise State would rally in the second half, but its last 20 minutes couldn’t undo the damage its first 20 minutes had done, as New Mexico picked up a 84-75 Mountain West Conference win at home.

The Broncos cut a double-digit lead to seven twice, the second time getting it as close as five when Anthony Drmic — who went for nine points, half his season average — connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut the lead to 69-64 with more than five minutes remaining. New Mexico responded on the other end with a three of its own.

Greenwood was one of four Lobos to score in double figures with 20 points. Williams had 18, followed by Bairstow and Alex Kirk with 17 and 15, respectively. Boise State was led by Ryan Watkins 15 points and 22 rebounds.

Last week, UNLV entered The Pit and right from the start used its intensity to leave with a 76-73 road victory. On Tuesday, New Mexico came out as the aggressor, which led to the 40-27 halftime lead. The victory over Boise State keeps the Lobos within striking distance of No. 7 San Diego State for the No. 1 spot in the Mountain West standings. The Aztecs are 5-0, while the Lobos trail by 1/2 a game.

While New Mexico stays near the top of the conference standings, the Broncos are still in search of a resume-building win. Boise State, currently one of the ‘Last Five Out’ in College Basketball Talk’s latest bracket, has previously lost at Kentucky along with games against San Diego State, Wyoming and St. Mary. In the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic blew a seven-point halftime lead to Iowa State.

A look ahead to the Boise State schedule, and only a few chances to secure a marquee win remain. The Broncos host San Diego State on Feb.5, followed by another home game against New Mexico the next week.

Labissiere scores 16 as top-ranked Kentucky beats BU 82-62

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Freshman center Skal Labissiere scored 16 points to lead top-ranked Kentucky past Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (5-0) used a big second half to overcome Boston U. in their season debut at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. One day after taking over the top spot, Kentucky struggled to put away the Terriers early but outscored them 42-29 in the second half.

Labissiere finished 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Tyler Ulis added 15 points, and Alex Poythress had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second straight double-double.

Jamal Murray scored 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 11. Kentucky, which spent all of last season ranked No. 1, scored 58 points in the paint and closed with a 22-9 run.

Boston University (2-3) got 15 points from John Papale. Nathan Dieudonne and Kyle Foreman scored 11 apiece.

The Wildcats raced out to a 10-0 lead 3 minutes into the game, but Boston University settled down after making its first basket and kept the score close in the first half by hitting five shots from long range.

The Terriers led 34-33 with 2 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Wildcats scored the last six points of the period to regain the lead.

Labissiere paced the Wildcats with 11 points in the first half, followed by Murray with 10.


Kentucky: The Wildcats improved to 216-28 as the top-ranked team in the country and have won 61 of their last 64 games while holding the top spot. Under coach John Calipari, Kentucky is 63-5 as the top-ranked team in the AP poll.

Boston University: The Terriers fell to 0-5 against Kentucky. … Boston University missed its first four shots and didn’t score its first basket until the 16:55 mark of the first half. … Dieudonne, a graduate of Louisville Trinity, was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 2012.


Kentucky plays Friday against South Florida at the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

Boston University plays Saturday at Binghamton.

Division III William Paterson forfeits game to protest coach’s firing

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William Paterson, a Division III basketball program in New Jersey, forfeited a game on Tuesday night to protest the firing of their head coach, Jose Rebimbas.

Rebimbas, a player for the 1990 Seton Hall team that reached the national title game, had been with the program for 20 years, amassing nearly 400 wins, winning six league titles and reaching nine NCAA tournaments. He announced his firing earlier this week on FaceBook, and the players on his team responded by boycotting Tuesday night’s matchup with Ramapo.

Dylan Burns, a William Paterson student that does play-by-play for the school’s athletic teams, tweeted that the basketball players came out of the locker room for layups lines, took off their warmups, threw them in a pile on the court and walked off the floor.

The following screengrabs from instagram videos that have since been removed show the players leaving the floor:

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And the jerseys piled in the middle of the court:

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The crowd at the game can be heard cheering when it is announced that the game has been forfeited.

Rebimbas wrote the following on FaceBook over the weekend:

“It is with great sadness and extreme frustration that after today I will not be coaching the basketball team at William Paterson University. WP has been my home and family for more than 20 years and yet the University has taken action to remove me from the service I love. People I have trusted and served with have defied logic and are pursing my termination because of a misunderstanding over a facility rental fee for a camp that I run.”

“These actions come despite the University hearing officer determining that termination was not warranted. The University has unfairly and illegally taken my right to coach and mentor the student-athletes I love. I am prepared to fight the actions of William Paterson University and restore my good name and that of the program.”