The Daily Aggie :: 12/12/08

Be sure to check out our photos from last night's Lou Henson Classic. The Aggie men's basketball team was victorious over Sacramento State by a final score of 76-65. The final score is a bit deceiving as the game wasn't as close as the score indicated. Although the Hornets drew to within eight points late in the second half, the Aggies were never in much danger of losing. The Aggies, leading by 13 at halftime, jumped out to a 20 point lead with 15:37 left in the game and then cruised to the finish line.

Troy Gillenwater and Wendell McKines were outstanding for the Aggies as they combined to score 35 points on 15-28 shooting from the field, good for .535% shooting. They also combined for 18 of the Aggies 49 rebounds and shot 11 of the team's 13 free throws, connecting on five of them. Jonathan Gibson had a stellar night as well. He recorded 16 points on 6-8 shooting and was 2-3 from behind the three point line and he shot the team's only other free throws (2-2). Jahmar Young, the team's leading scorer, failed to hit double-digits in scoring for the first time this season. He had been averaging just over 17 points per game heading into last night's game.

The Aggies were much better on the boards last night, out rebounding the Hornets 49-32 and limiting Sacramento State's offensive rebounds to just nine.

Up next for the team is the always emotionally charged rivalry game with UTEP on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Miners swept the season series last year so Coach Menzies and the boys will be looking to notch their first victory over UTEP since the Aggies swept the series in the 2006/2007 season. It's also a chance for the Aggies to get a good out of conference win.

Our weekly check-in on the WAC is up at Rush The Court.

The Aggie baseball team made their schedule official yesterday. The Aggies will start the season playing 21 of their first 22 games at home, with the lone road game being the rivalry tilt with the Lobos up in Albuquerque. Last season the Aggies broke through and made the WAC tournament for the first time since joining the WAC and while they lost a few members of that team to graduation, we've spoken with head coach Rocky Ward and he's more than pleased with the quality of the talent that is in line to replace those guys. We'll have more on that in the coming weeks.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's Lou Henson Classic victory over Sacramento State.

KVIA ABC 7 in El Paso has video highlights from last night's game. (Thanks Vic)

The Associated Press recaps last night's game.

The Sacramento State athletic website recaps last night's 76-65 victory over the Hornets.

John Keith of the Las Cruces Bulletin previews Sunday's rivalry showdown with UTEP. (Thanks Vic)

Bill Knight of the El Paso Times writes that the Miners are downplaying the rivalry game on Sunday.

Aggie Football
John Keith of the Las Cruces Bulletin discusses the future of the football program. (Thanks Vic)

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that interim head coach Charley Johnson believes the program is headed in the right direction.

Aggie Swimming and Diving
The NMSU athletic website previews this weekend's swimming and diving action in San Diego.

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