Aggies Fall To UNM 69-67, Suffer Rivalry Series Sweep

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Baker scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, however, New Mexico State dropped a 69-67 decision to Rio Grande Rival New Mexico Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“Just bad execution in the first half and carelessness with the ball, “ NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We just need to continue to teach and educate them. I’m determined to take these lessons and learn from them.”

In the opening moments both squads traded baskets and the game was tied at 8-all at 14:00 in the first half. From there, however, the Lobos gained momentum and a Hugh Greenwood layup jump-started an 18-8 run that lasted 10 minutes and UNM went into intermission with a 30-20 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats FAU 57-44

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LONG BEACH, CA - A day after watching its four-game winning streak come to an end, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team got back on the winning track by defeating Florida Atlantic, 57-44, on Saturday during the final day of the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State.

Friday saw the Aggies (5-6) allow the highest shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage they have allowed to a team all year in a loss to Pacific. Saturday, however, NM State turned the tables around and held FAU (5-5) to a 20.3 shooting percentage from the field and a 13.0 shooting percentage from 3-point land, both season bests for the Aggie defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Falls To Pacific 67-62

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LONG BEACH, CA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team was down by as many as 19 with under 17 minutes left in their matchup with Pacific on Friday, rallied to cut the lead to as little as three with under three minutes left, but eventually lost to the Tigers, 67-62, during the first day of the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State.

The Aggies (4-6) allowed a 19-0 Pacific (8-2) run in the first half to fall in a deep hole. But 14-straight NM State points late in the game cut the Tiger lead to three with just over two minutes left in the contest. After a Pacific bucket, two Brianna Freeman free throws once again cut the lead to three at 65-62 with 55.1 seconds left in the matchup.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Signs Three J.C. Transfers

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin announced on Thursday, Dec. 18 that three junior college student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend school and play for NM State starting in the spring of 2015.

Wide receiver Tyrian Taylor of Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa), tight end Clayton Granch of Long Beach CC (Calif.) and center Anthony McMeans Arizona Western (Ariz.) have signed their NLI’s and will be on campus at the start spring 2015 semester. Coach Martin mentioned that this is the beginning of a really good recruiting class and feels the hard work his staff has been putting in will pay off.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops Falls At Baylor 66-55

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WACO, TX - The nonconference road season came to an unmerciful end Wednesday night as the undermanned New Mexico State Aggies fell to the Big 12’s Baylor Bears 66-55.

The Aggies (4-7), playing without reining WAC Player of the Year Daniel Mullings and preseason All-WAC center Tshilidzi Nephawe due to injuries, hung tough with the Bears (9-1) who are just outside the Top 25 rankings.

NM State trailed by just two with 17:28 to play at 34-32, before Baylor got a 3-pointer from Al Freeman that started a 15-4 run for the Bears to send the Aggies down 14 points. The Aggies never recovered.

“We mixed it up well with them for a while,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “But we lost to a good team.”

“I thought we had some areas where we made some growth, but their big boys went to work on our babies and were just more physical.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Orin Richburg Inducted Into Pittsburgh City League All-Sports Hall Of Fame

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PITTSBURGH, PA - Orin Richburg, the New Mexico State head cross country and track and field coach, was named as one of the 15 inductees for the first annual Pittsburgh City League All-Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Dec. 13, organized by Achieving Greatness, Inc.

The event recognized 50 nominees and honored the 15 inductees into the City League’s own Hall of Fame.

“The honor for me to be included in the first group of 15 former city of Pittsburgh athletes that have excelled in their hometown is unbelievable,” Richburg said. “I have always strived to do the best I can under the circumstances presented. I prepared myself academically as well as athletically for success at the highest level.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Cal Poly 79-65

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to break open a tight game and win its fourth-consecutive contest, defeating Cal Poly 79-65 on Tuesday night inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (4-5) remain undefeated in the month of December while the Mustangs (4-5) dropped their second-straight game.

NM State had a great all-around shooting night, finishing 42.4 percent from the field (25-59), 40 percent from 3-point range (10-25) and a season-high 82.6 percent from the free-throw line, sinking 19-of-23 shots from the charity stripe. The Aggies also continue to improve and leave their mark on the boards, outrebounding Cal Poly 44-37.

The defense also once again showed up for NM State. The Aggies held a streaky Mustang shooting squad to 35 percent from the field while forcing 15 Cal Poly turnovers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Dorottya Lennert Named WAC Swimmer Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Dorottya Lennert has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week for December 8-14.

Lennert, a junior from Budapest, Hungary (CSIK Ferenc HS) swam exceptionally well at the UNLV Winter Invitational this weekend. On Saturday she won the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.16 which is now the fastest time in the WAC this season. In Sundays prelims of the 100 fly Lennert posted a school record and personal best time of 53.96 to lead the women’s event in the finals. She closed out the 100 fly just 1.1 second shy of first place with a time of 53.99. Her time of 53.96 is the fastest 100 fly time in the WAC this season.

Moriah Mack Named WAC Player Of The Week

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Moriah Mack has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 8-14, the conference announced Monday.

This is the first player of the week nod for the 5-8 guard from San Antonio, Texas, and Reagan High School. It is also the second-consecutive WAC Player of the Week honor for NM State this season as junior Sasha Weber won the award for the week of Dec. 1-7.

“Moriah is playing very well right now, she’s playing great defense and she is starting to look for her shot more,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “She’s shooting at a great percentage, so she needs to shoot it more. She is playing every possession extremely hard. We are all very proud of her.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women Rout North Dakota State 79-59 For Third Straight Win

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team defeated North Dakota State, 79-59, on Sunday afternoon inside the Pan American Center for its third-consecutive win, all by double-digits and two by 20 or more points.

The Aggies, who started the season by losing their first five games, improve to 3-5 and remain undefeated in the month of December. The Bison have lost three of their last four games and fall to 4-6.

“Our kids played hard, they did a good job, all of them, it was a total team effort,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “I’m proud of the whole team, we’re playing well right now but we got to keep it up.”

NM State shot exactly the same in both halves (16-36) to finish shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The Aggies were also solid from the free-throw line, sinking 9-of-12 freebies, and also won the rebounding battle 41-36.  Continue Reading This Post >>