The New Mexico State men's basketball team was held under 50 points for the first time since February 17, 2005 when they scored 49 points in a 42-point at Louisiana-Lafayette as they fell 59-49 to Utah State on Saturday night in Logan, UT. New Mexico State led the UtAgs 19-18 with 7:14 left in the first half but a 17-0 run by Utah State proved to be too much for New Mexico State to overcome. Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 20 points but was held to just six points in the second half.
After Utah State scored the first four points of the game, Troy Gillenwater pulled the Aggies to within two with a jumper, Utah State's Nate Bendall would answer with a jumper to put Utah State back on top by four 6-2 with 16:09 left in the half. The Aggies would still trail by four after a layup from Utah State's Nate Bendall but the Aggies' Christian Kabongo would bury a baseline three to spark a quick 9-0 run as Troy Gillenwater and Tyrone Watson would each hit threes to put the Aggies ahead of Utah State 13-8 with 13:17 left in the half. Utah State's Tai Wesley would hit one of two free throws to end the Aggie point run but New Mexico State would get a layup from Tshilidzi Nephawe to extend their lead to six at 15-9.
Tyler Newbold would bury a three to cut the Aggies' lead in half. After a Tyrone Watson hit one of two free throws to give the Aggies a 16-12 lead with 11:14 left, Tai Wesley would get a layup to cut the Aggies' lead to two at 16-14. The Aggies would get one of two free throws from Troy Gillenwater but Wesley would get another layup to cut the Aggies' lead to one at 17-16. Wesley would continue his point run with a jumper to put Utah State up 18-17 with 8:41 left in the half but Troy Gillenwater would bury a jumper with 7:14 left to put the Aggies back on top 18-17. That would be the last bucket the Aggies would score for nearly six minutes as Utah State would go on a 17-0 run to take a 35-19 lead capped by a three from Pooh Williams, a dunk by Morgan Grim and a three from E.J. Farris.
Troy Gillenwater would end the Aggies' scoreless drought hitting a jumper with 1:22 left in the half and New Mexico State's defense would hold Utah State scoreless the remainder of the half as Gillenwater added another bucket to send the Aggies into halftime down 35-23.
The Aggies shot just 36 percent in the first half hitting just 9-of-25 from the floor and just 2-of-7 from the free throw line (28.6 percent). Utah State hit 14-of-25 from the floor including 4-of-10 from three point distance. Utah State also held a 21-10 rebounding advantage at the half.
The Aggies would hold Utah State without a field goal for the first four minutes of the second half but could only cut the deficit by three points. Brady Jardine would get a layup to extend Utah State's lead back to 11 points at 38-27. Utah State would go on a 10-2 run to go up by 19 points up 48-29 with 11:00 left in the game. The Aggies would cut the lead to 11 after a three pointer from Gordo Castillo with 6:16 left in the game but Utah State would extend the lead back to 16 points with 2:40 left. New Mexico State would score the final six points of the game to make the final margin of victory 10 points.
New Mexico State shot just 37.7 percent from the field an hit just four three pointers in the game. They were cold from the free throw line hitting 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) and were out-rebounded by 15, 45-30 giving up 15 offensive rebounds to the UtAgs.
Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting but was held to just six points in the second half. Hernst Laroche finished with 11 points and was the only other Aggie in double-figures but struggled from the floor hitting just 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Tai Wesley led the way for Utah State with 18 points and every Utah State player scored at least two points with Brian Green adding nine and Pooh Williams chipping in eight.
The Aggies fall to 4-3 in league play and 10-11 overall and return to Las Cruces to host Boise State and Idaho.