Aggies Breeze Into WAC Semifinals With 90-69 Win Over San Jose State

The New Mexico State men's basketball team defeated San Jose State 90-69 to advance to the semifinal round of the 2010 WAC Tournament where they'll face 2-seed and tournament host Nevada.

The Aggies were paced by 22 points from senior Jonathan Gibson. Gibson shot 8-of-14 from the field and hit 4-of-7 three point attempts. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists and had one steal. San Jose State was paced by Adrian Oliver who scored a game-high 23 points.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead and led 18-11 with 13:06 left in the first half. The Spartans would go on a 12-5 run to tie the game at 23 with 8:04 left in the half and then took the lead at 25-23 with 7:30 to go in the half on a CJ Webster layup.

The Aggies would tie the score at 25 on a Hernst Laroche jumper with 6:48 left in the first half and then retake the lead with 5:53 on a Jahmar Young jumper. The Aggies would close the half on a 12-6 run to take an eight point lead at 39-31 into the halftime break.

Coming out in the second half the Aggies extended the lead to 10 at 41-31 but the Spartans would quickly cut the Aggie lead to five at 43-38 with 18:01 left to play. The Aggies held a six point lead at 50-44 with 14:46 left to play but would go on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 16 points at 60-44 with 12:36 remaining in the game. San Jose State would cut the Aggies' lead to 12 at 72-60 with six minutes left to play but that would be as close as they would get. The Aggies would go on a 9-2 run to push their lead to 17 points at 79-62 with 4:23 left to play.

The Aggies would maintain a comfortable cushion over the final four minutes of play earning the 90-69 victory. The 90 points scored marked the third meeting between the two schools this season in which the victor reached at least 90 points.

In addition to Jonathan Gibson's 22 points, Jahmar Young added 16 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal. Wendell McKines finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Troy Gillenwater added 11 points and eight rebounds.

San Jose State's Adrian Oliver finished with 23 points, Justin Graham added 14 points. Robert Owens who set a career high with 29 points in the last meeting between the two teams was held to just seven points. Mac Peterson finished with nine points C.J. Webster scored eight points and Chris Oakes added six points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Aggies shot 54.8 percent from the field and hit 9-of-19 three point attempts for 47.4 percent. The Aggie defense held San Jose State to 42.6 percent shooting and just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from behind the three point arc.

The Aggies improve to 20-11 on the season as it marks the third time in the past four seasons the Aggies have eclipsed the 20-win mark and the second time in three seasons for head coach Marvin Menzies. The Spartans finish the season at 14-17.

The Aggies will face Nevada in the second semifinal which will tip off at 10:00 p.m. MT and will be televised on ESPN2. Top seed Utah State will square off against 4-seed Louisiana Tech in the first semifinal at 7:00 p.m. MT.



The guys were awesome tonight ... truly enjoyed my first NMSU WAC Tournament Win!