Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
RENO, NV - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team fell at Nevada, 100-92, Thursday, March 4, inside the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. The Aggies fell to 19-10 and 11-4 in the WAC while the Wolf Pack moved to 18-11 and 10-5 in the league.
Junior guard Jahmar Young scored a team-high 22 points while senior guard Jonathan Gibson and sophomore forward Troy Gillenwater added 17 each. Junior forward Wendell McKines posted the lone double-double of the contest with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
After an offensive-charged first half, the game was tied 41-41 at the break. Young led the Aggies with 13 points while Gibson and sophomore center Hamidu Rahman both added nine points. NM State posted a 54.8 field goal percentage (17-of-31) while the Wolf Pack shot 50.0 percent (17-of-34).
The lead changed 10 times in the first 20 minutes with the Aggies taking its largest advantage of the half, 20-16, at the 11:20 mark on a Young jumper.
NM State claimed its first lead of the second half, 55-53, with a three-point play from Gillenwater with 11:29 remaining in the game. On the next Aggie possession, junior guard Gordo Castillo followed with a three-point play.
At 9:41, Gillenwater recorded his second three-point play to tie the game at 61-61. The Aggie offense then stalled until Gibson hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 6:48 to go to pull within five points, 70-65.
Nevada extended its lead to 80-66 at the 4:50 mark before the Aggies cut the advantage to six, 89-83, on a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Hernst Laroche with 1:03.
The Aggies conclude the regular season at Utah State, Saturday, March 6, in Logan, Utah at 7 p.m.