Poor Shooting Dooms Aggies; Lose 79-58 At Home To UTEP

The Aggie men's basketball team was dealt their worst home loss in the 197-game series as UTEP handed the Aggies a 21-point loss, 79-58 on Tuesday night. The Miners jumped out to a 7-0 lead as the Aggies did not hit their first field goal until the 14:59 mark of the first half cutting the Miner lead to 11-4. The Aggies would cut the Miner lead to just two points at 15-13 with 9:57 left in the half and then again at 17-15 with 8:45 left in the half but would get no closer.

The Aggies shot a season low 28 percent from the floor in the first half as they hit just 7 of 25 shots from the floor and did not record a three point basket, missing all eight attempts. Combined with a porous defense that allowed UTEP to shoot 45.9 percent from the floor, the Aggies' trailed by 15 points at halftime, 39-24.

Things did not get any better in the second half for the Aggie shooters, or the Aggie defense as NM State once again hit just 7 of 24 shots in the second half, good for 29.2 percent. The Aggies hit 3 of 12 three point attempts, 25 percent and finished the game shooting 28.6 percent from the floor and just 15 percent from behind the three point arc.

The Aggies were strong from the free throw line as they hit 77 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe, going 27-for-35.

UTEP shot 42.4 percent from the floor in the second half as they hit 14 of 33 shots.

The Aggies got no closer than 13 points in the second half when they scored the half's first basket to cut the lead to 39-26 and they trailed by as many as 27 points at 78-51.

The Aggies finished with three players in double figures scoring as Jahmar Young led all scorers with 19 points, finishing 10-for-13 from the free throw stripe. Jonathan Gibson finished with 11 points but was 1-for-10 from the field and recorded eight points from the free throw line. Hamidu Rahman also finished with 11 points and recorded his third consecutive double-double as he finished with 10 rebounds.

The Miners saw three players reach double-digits in scoring as they were led by Randy Culpepper who finished with 18 points. Julyan Stone finished with 17 points and Christian Polk finished with 11 points.

The Aggies turned the ball over 17 times, seven of the turnovers coming from Jahmar Young.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday night when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to take on the Lobos at The Pit.