Wendell McKines and Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points apiece and Jahmar Young added 19 as the Aggies rolled past Prairie View A&M 95-76 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory. The Aggies improve to 7-6 and sit above .500 for the first time this season.
The Aggies jumped out of the gates quickly as they quickly built a 14-point cushion going up 26-12 with 11:07 left to play in the first half. However, the Panthers would not let the Aggies pull away in the first half as they closed the deficit to within three over the final 11 minutes of the first half and the Aggies went into the break leading 43-40.
With 14:37 left to play in the first half the Aggies' Jahmar Young tied Eric Channing as he hit his eighth consecutive three point field goal. Young finished the game against Texas Southern a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and when he hit his first two three point attempts of the game he tied Channing's record which was set in games against New Orleans (01/31/02) and South Alabama (02/02/02).
The Aggies started the second half on a 13-6 run to pull ahead by 10 at 56-46 with 16:26 left to play. The Panthers would cut the Aggie lead down to four points over the next 1:11 of play as they trailed 56-52 with 15:15 let to play. However, the Aggies would respond with 12-1 run over the next 5:37 to take a commanding 15 point lead. The Aggies led by 22 points with 5:14 left to play and held on for the 19 point victory.
The Aggies shot a sizzling 65.4 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 52.6 percent. The Aggie defense held Prairie View A&M to just 33.3 percent shooting in the second half after the Panthers shot 45.7 percent in the first half. Prairie View A&M finished the game shooting 39.7 percent from the field.
Wendell McKines finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds and recorded his second double-double in his first three games this season and is now averaging a double-double on the season averaging 16 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. McKines also dished out six assists for the third consecutive game. McKines hit 3-of-5 three point attempts and was 7-of-8 from the free throw stripe.
Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points, his fourth consecutive 22-plus point effort. Gibson finished the night shooting 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the three point arc. Jahmar Young fell just one point shy of recording 20-plus points for the fourth consecutive game. Young's 19 points came on 5-of-15 shooting from the field including two three pointers and 7-of-8 performance from the free throw line.
Hamidu Rahman fell one rebound shy of a double-double as he netted 14 points and nine rebounds but fouled out with 4:43 left to play. It was just the third time that Rahman has fouled out in his career at New Mexico State but the second time this season.
Prairie View A&M was led by Michael Griffin who scored 19 points and had five assists. Darnell Hugee scored 14 points for the Panthers while Michael Webb scored 12 and Christopher Jones netted 10.
The Aggies kick off conference play on Saturday when Utah State arrives in Las Cruces. The game will be televised on ESPNU and is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. MT tip-off.