ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Alex Kirk scored seven of his 15 points in an early New Mexico run to help the No. 17 Lobos beat downstate rival New Mexico State 73-58 on Saturday.
Kendall Williams added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lobos (11-0), while Chad Adams had his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kirk also equaled a career high with five blocks, part of a strong New Mexico defensive performance that limited the Aggies to 32.8 percent shooting from the field. New Mexico State shot 8 for 30 in the second half and made just four of 16 3-pointers.
Daniel Mullings scored 14 to lead New Mexico State (5-5). He was the only Aggies player in double figures.
The Lobos went on a decisive 11-2 run midway through the first half, turning a 17-14 lead into a 28-16 advantage.
The Aggies pulled to 43-36 early in the second half, but New Mexico regained a double-digit lead with an 11-4 surge. Adams and Jamal Fenton hit 3-pointers during the run.
New Mexico blocked 11 shots, with guard Hugh Greenwood swatting away four. The Lobos also had a season-low six turnovers, outscoring New Mexico State 17-9 off miscues.
New Mexico was 26 for 35 from the free throw line, while the Aggies went 16 of 19.
Tyrone Watson, New Mexico State's second-leading scorer, missed all five of his shots from the field and finished with four points and 11 rebounds.
Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, the normalities of a baseball season will continue on. That means players and managers getting heated, arguments with umpires and benches clearing. But because of the risk the virus poses, MLB has asked for those moments to remain socially distant.
The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics did not follow that rule on Sunday.
After Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch, he appeared to be exchanging words with a Houston bench coach. With no fans, the words can be heard loud and clear by everybody. That led to both benches clearing and not even six inches of separation between players.
It's understandable for players to get angry and caught up in the moment, but this move by both teams is rather unacceptable given the current climate of the country and the sport. Though players are being tested constantly, this close contact between teams is unnecessary and only creates a larger risk for all involved.
The non-socially distant brawl comes at a bad time for baseball, as the league is dealing with numerous coronavirus-related issues. The St. Louis Cardinals have had at least 15 games postponed due to an outbreak within the organization, and that comes just after the Miami Marlins dealt with the same problem as well. Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was reportedly sent home on Sunday after breaking protocol and going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.
Despite tightening up regulations for players, MLB still faces daily challenges while trying to operate a season during a global pandemic. Moments like the brawl between the Athletics and Astros don't help.
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The likelihood that college football is played this fall is looking bleaker by the day.
The commissioners of Power 5 conferences reportedly had an emergency conference call on Sunday evening to discuss the 2020 season, and the large majority of Big Ten presidents want to postpone the season due to concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.
Earlier this week, the Big Ten halted on moving forward with padded practices until more protocols are in place.
Moments later, reports surfaced that the Big Ten is leaning towards moving forward without a fall football season, and a formal decision could be made as soon as early this week, according to Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger.
The cancelation or postponement of the 2020 college football season seems to be inevitable, multiple sources have told ESPN.
The news doesn't come as a surprise considering the current state of the pandemic in the United States. However, the Big Ten just announced a new, conference-only schedule earlier this week, so the timing is a bit odd.
The Mid-American Conference postponed football and all fall sports on Saturday. If the Big Ten becomes the first Power 5 conference to postpone football, and fall sports as a whole, it will be interesting to see how quickly (if at all) the other major conferences (SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12) follow suit.
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