Aggies Ambushed In Reno, Fall To The Wolf Pack 90-71

The New Mexico State men's basketball team was routed in Reno on Thursday night falling 90-71 as Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Hernst Laroche chipped in 11 points but was in foul trouble much of the game as he picked up his second and third fouls before halftime and his fourth with just over 13 minutes left in the game. Nevada's Deonte Burton tied for game-high honors with 22 points. Dario Hunt added 20 points as he hit 8-of-10 free throw attempts. Olek Czyz added 15 on 7-of-10 shooting and Malik Story and Derrell Connor each scored 10.

The Wolf Pack jumped out to an 11-6 lead hitting five of their first seven shots from the field. The Aggies would respond with a 12-5 run capped by a layup by Tyrone Watson to take an 18-16 lead with 11:29 left in the half. The Aggies would still lead by two at 22-20 after a layup from Troy Gillenwater. Following the layup Gillenwater would be called for a technical foul and the Wolf Pack would go on an 8-0 run to take a 28-22 lead forcing an Aggie timeout. Gillenwater would answer scoring five unanswered points including a three point play as the Aggies cut the Wolf Pack lead to two at 28-26 with 6:25 left in the half.

The two teams would trade threes as Deonte Burton hit for the Wolf Pack and Hernst Laroche for the Aggies to make the score 33-31 with 4:42 left in the half. After a jumper from Deonte Burton gave the Wolf Pack a 35-31 led, Christian Kabongo would hit a three to cut the deficit to one. The Aggies would still trail by one after a pair of Tshilidzi Nephawe free throws but the Wolf Pack would get a dunk and a layup from Dario Hunt to take a 41-36 lead. Hernst Laroche would pick up two quick fouls in the span of 32 seconds giving him three for the half and Hunt would hit both free throws to send the Wolf Pack into the break up 43-36.

The Aggies would trim the Wolf Pack lead to three points after a fast break layup by Troy Gillenwater but the Wolf Pack would push the lead out to nine points at 53-44 after a three by Derrell Conner with 15:18 left in the game. The Aggies would cut the lead to six points after a jumper from Troy Gillenwater with 14:13 left in the game but would get no closer as the Wolf Pack would extend their lead to a dozen after a Malik Story layup with 9:46 left to play. The Aggies would cut the lead back down to 10 points at 67-57 after a pair of free throws from Tshilidzi Nephawe but the Wolf Pack would go on an 12-3 run to take a commanding 19 point lead with 6:03 left to play. The Aggies would cut the Wolf Pack lead to 13 points late in the game but the Wolf Pack would go on to win 90-71.

The Aggies shot just 40 percent from the floor for the game whie Nevada hit 56.5 percent from the floor. The Aggies hit 6-of-20 three point attempts while the Wolf Pack hit 8-of-21 three point attempts. The Aggies hit 17-of-22 free throw attempts while the Wolf Pack hit 12-of-20 free throw attempts. The Aggies were out-rebounded by 13 despite a decided size advantage.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-2 in league play and 10-10 overall. The Aggies travel to Logan, UT to face the Utah State Aggies on Saturday night. The game will be televised on ESPNU with tip-off scheduled for 9:00 p.m. (MT).