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New Mexico dumps Grand Canyon 80-68

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)

Cullen Neal led four players in double figures with 18 points as New Mexico defeated Grand Canyon 80-68 on Monday.

Neal was 5 of 10 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc, and added seven assists.

Alex Kirk added his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Kendall Williams added 15 points and eight assists for New Mexico (9-3).

The Antelopes (5-6) got 18 points from Daniel Alexander, who went 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Grand Canyon shot 10 of 23 on 3-pointers.

New Mexico led from the outset as within its first six possessions all five starters had scored, helping the Lobos jump out to an early 15-3 lead.

New Mexico led by as much as 69-42 before Grand Canyon began the close the gap with a late run.

The Lobos finished off the first half with a 8-0 run to take a 46-26 lead at the break.

New Mexico led by as much as 69-42 before Grand Canyon began the close the gap with a late run.

The Antelopes started bombing from the outside, finishing 10-23 behind the arc. But the Lobos were efficient from the outside with a 6-12 performance, including 3-5 from Neal.

New Mexico dominated from the foul line, outscoring Grand Canyon 24-8. The Lobos also controlled the boards with a 33-25 advantage. New Mexico delivered 20 assists on its 25 baskets.

Grand Canyon also had four scorers in double figures with Blake Davis adding 13 off the bench.

New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow added 14 points and eight assists.

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