Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team avoided a late game Louisiana Tech surge to defeat the Bulldogs, 65-63, Monday, Feb. 16, in Las Cruces. Sophomore guard Jahmar Young led the Aggies with 16 points to improve to 14-12 and 8-5 in the WAC.
Sophomore forward Wendell McKines recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds while junior guard Jonathan Gibson added 13. Freshman guard Hernst Laroche tallied a career-high nine assists and now owns the NM State freshman assists record.
The Aggies posted a 30-27 halftime lead behind a team-high 10 points from McKines. Laroche and Gibson both contributed six points in a half that included nine lead changes. Laroche also had five assists in the first 20 minutes.
NM State broke open the game with a 12-2 run that began on a Young dunk at the 16:39 mark. The Aggies had a 17-point lead, 51-34, at the 7:59 mark but Louisiana Tech kept chipping away to tie the game at 63-63 with 16 second remaining. The Aggies responded with a dunk from freshman center Hamidu Rahman before Louisiana Tech junior guard Kyle Gibson’s would be game-winning 3-pointer rattled out at the buzzer.
The Aggies concluded a three-game home stand against Cal State Fullerton, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., in the ESPNU BracketBuster.