Aggie Men's Basketball Loses Third Straight Falling 80-61 To USC

The Aggie men's basketball team dropped their third consecutive game falling 80-61 to the USC Trojans on Sunday afternoon at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Christian Kabongo led the Aggies in scoring with 14 points while Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes and scored just two points, both from the free throw line.

The Aggies scored the game's first basket but six minutes into the game the Aggies trailed USC 15-5.

The Aggies would trim the deficit to three points at 24-21 after a pair of free throws by Christian Kabongo but a quick 7-2 spurt by USC gave the Trojans an eight point lead. The Aggies would get a three pointer fromGordo Castillo with 2:11 left in the first half to cut the deficit to five points but USC would go on a 12-5 run over the final 1:53 to take a 12 point lead into the break.

The Aggies would quickly fall behind by 18 points at 47-29 just two minutes into the second half after a lay-up by USC's Marcus Simmons. New Mexico State would trim the deficit to just 10 points by the under 16 minute media timeout as the Aggies would go on a 10-2 run spurred by a Gordo Castillo three pointer. The Trojans would respond however as they would go back up by 15 points at 54-39 after a three pioneer by Bryce Jones and a jumper from Garrett Jackson.

Over the next six minutes the Trojans would extend their lead to 22 points as they lead 67-45 with 9:43 left to play. USC would lead by as many as 23 points late in the game but the Aggies would whittle the margin down to 19 points at the end of the game.

The Aggies fall to 2-3 on the season and travel to I-10 rival UTEP on Tuesday night.