Aggies Win Shootout With San Jose State 94-82

Jahmar YoungThe Aggie men's basketball team improved to 7-2 in conference play after a 94-82 victory over visiting San Jose State on Saturday night. The Aggies and Spartans combined to hit 21 three point attempts as New Mexico State hit 10-of-20 three point attempts and San Jose State hit 11-of-23.

Jahmar Young led the Aggies scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting including hitting four of his six three point attempts. The Spartans' Robert Owens scored 29 points and hit 7-of-12 three point attempts to lead San Jose State. Troy Gillenwater made his season debut after being cleared by the NCAA earlier in the week and responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Spartans jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead and led 12-8 with 15:51 left in the first half. Wendell McKines finished a dunk off an assist by Hernst Laroche to tie the game at 12 with 15:26 left to play in the half. The Aggies would take the lead with 15:05 left to play in the first half as Jahmar Young hit a pair of free throws.

With the two teams tied at 14 apiece the Aggies would go on a 9-2 run to take a 23-16 lead. The Aggies would extend the lead to 10 points at 31-21 with 9:29 left in the half but the Spartans would go on an 11-3 run to cut the Aggies lead to just two points on a layup by Chris Oakes with 5:03 left in the half.

With the Aggies leading 34-32 the two teams would trade shots over the final five minutes of the half and the Aggies would take a five point lead after a dunk by Hamidu Rahman with two seconds left in the half would give the Aggies a 49-42 lead at the break.

Coming out of halftime the Aggies quickly pushed the lead back out to 10 points with 17:21 left to play however the Spartans would once again cut the Aggie lead to just two points at 56-54 after a three pointer by Robert Owens with 14:56 left to play.

The Aggies held a slim four point lead at 79-75 with 6:57 left to play but the Aggies would respond with a 14-4 run to extend their lead to 93-79 with just 2:09 left to play and would hold on for the 94-82 lead.

Five Aggies finished in double-figures in scoring as Jahmar Young finished with a team high 25 points, Jonathan Gibson scored 20, Troy Gillenwater scored 19, Hamidu Rahman scored 11 and Wendell McKines scored 10.

The Spartans had three player finish in double-figures as Robert Owens scored 29, Adrian Oliver added 22 and Chris Oakes finished with 14.

The Aggies shot 54.8 percent in the first half hitting 17-of-31 shots. The Spartans shot 45.9 percent hitting 17-of-37 shots. In the second half the Aggies shot 50 percent hitting 16-of-32 shots. The Spartans shot 40 percent hitting 14-of-35 shots. The Aggies finished the game shooting 52.4 percent while San Jose State shot 43.1 percent.

The Aggies hit seven three pointers in the first half while the Spartans hit seven threes in the second half. The Aggies hit 17-of-24 free throws while the Spartans hit 9-of-14.

With the victory the Aggies improve to 7-2 in WAC play and sit tied with Louisiana Tech at 7-2 in second place behind Utah State at 8-2. The Aggies and Louisiana Tech square off on Monday night with the winner moving into a tie for first place with Utah State.